Rockets Land Near US Embassy In Suspected Iranian Attack

Rockets Land Near US Embassy In Suspected Iranian Attack

The US Embassy in Baghdad was the apparent target of a rocket attack Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5th, as tension continued to rise in the Middle East. With years of simmering hostility between the US and Iran now out in the open following last Friday’s assassination of Iran’s chief sponsor of terrorism, the region is braced for more Iranian revenge attacks.

Two artillery rockets — described as “Katyusha” rockets by the media, but probably Iranian copies of a Chinese 107mm weapon — landed close to the embassy compound in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone. This area of the Iraqi capital houses government buildings and the city’s diplomatic corps and is usually regarded as the safest place in Iraq. However, its defenses and guards are no protection against rockets. A third rocket hit a civilian house in a nearby residential area; six people are reported to have been injured.

In response to the attack, President Trump warned Iran that any strike on US targets would bring an immediate and powerful response. Trump said that 52 Iranian targets had been selected — one for each hostage seized by Iran in the 1979 hostage crisis — and would be hit “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” if Iran continued its campaign against the US.

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