Mortars Hit U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Not Missiles as Originally Thought


On Sunday night the US Embassy in Baghdad was struck by what was originally thought to be 3 missiles. No one was killed, with one US National sustaining minor injuries, and the compound suffering some structural damage. Now, two days later, the weapons were confirmed to have been mortars shot by Iraqi protesters.

The Iraqi government condemned the attack on the US compound saying “Iraq affirms that such actions will not affect the level of strategic relations between Baghdad and Washington.” This mortar attack incited a new wave of tension between Iraqi military and the anti-government protesters that led to riots over the next days.

Read part of Iraq’s official statement here

The original conclusion of missile fire was disclosed by anonymous sources

A Russian Newspaper blew the attack out of proportion and you can read their account here

Iraq blames “unruly militia” for attacks and unrest

Iraqi police fire tear gas and live rounds into crowd of protesters