The moment two missiles were fired in the Green Zone of Baghdad towards the US embassy before one was shot down and the other was shortened, two weeks after warnings of a possible attack by Iran-backed militias
- Two missiles were fired at the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone – where foreign embassies are.
- One of the missiles was shot down by US forces, while the other landed near the Great Festivities Square in the Green Zone. One of them landed 1,640 feet from the embassy
- The attack came two weeks after potential warnings were issued
- Iran-backed militias have set a new year deadline for the United States to withdraw its forces. The United States has become a non-belligerent nation in the country as of December 9
Two missiles were fired towards the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, two weeks after circulating warnings of a possible attack by an Iranian-backed militia.
One missile was destroyed in the air by the C-RAM defense system by US forces.
The report added that the other plane landed near the Grand Celebration Square near the Green Zone, damaging two cars and landing 1,640 feet from the embassy.
The two missiles landed near the Union III base, where there is a US-led coalition with Iraqi anti-ISIS forces.
There were no reports of injuries.
Two missiles were fired at the Green Zone in Iraq (pictured), where the US Embassy, foreign embassies and other government buildings are located.
One of the missiles was intercepted by US forces using a C-RAM anti-missile defense system. Fell 1,640 feet from the US Embassy
The other fell near the Grand Celebration Square near the Green Zone, damaging two cars
Security forces launched an investigation to reveal the launch site.
A US military official told Reuters that the OC-RAM anti-missile and mortar system had dropped one of the missiles, but none had hit the US embassy.
The official said there were no American casualties.
The Green Zone hosts foreign embassies, including the US Embassy and government buildings.
They are usually the target of missiles fired by groups that US and Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran.
US officials said Iran-backed armed factions may increase their attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria in the coming weeks, in part to commemorate the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
There were warnings that the US embassy would launch an attack after Iranian-backed militias set a new year deadline for the US to withdraw its forces.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Iranian-backed militias have set a new year deadline for the United States to withdraw its forces to counter potential attacks.
The US-led coalition conducted Operation Inherent Resolve, which moved US forces to a non-combat pole, and was announced on December 9, according to the outlet.
However, the United States said it would keep 2,500 troops in Iraq to help Iraqi government forces.
Marine General Frank McKenzie told the Associated Press that the Pentagon will continue to provide air support and military assistance to Iraq’s fight against ISIS.
The two were killed in a US drone strike in Iraq on January 2, 2020.