Seven rockets targeted the United States embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday evening, in an attack that killed a girl and which breaks more than a month of truce decreed by pro-Iran Iraqi factions.
This resumption of hostilities came just as the new acting US Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, announced that the United States would withdraw 500 of its troops in Iraq, leaving only 2,500 in the country.
Four projectiles fell in the Green Zone where this chancellery is located, while three others fell in neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing a girl and wounding five civilians, the army said.
The attack, carried out from a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad the same source, also took place two hours after a telephone interview between Iraqi Prime Minister Moustafa al-Kazimi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The two men mentioned in particular, according to the office of Mr. Kazimi,
the future of cooperation between Iraq and the international coalition led by the United States, deployed in 2014 in Iraq to fight the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).
A spokesperson for this coalition confirmed Tuesday night's attack to AFP, while declining to comment on the use of the US C-RAM rocket defense system.
Dozens of rockets have already targeted the Baghdad Green Zone where this chancellery is located, but the C-RAM system is only triggered when they directly threaten the embassy complex.
On Tuesday evening, the C-RAM firing machines went into action, AFP journalists observed in central Baghdad where strong explosions rang out as lightning bolts marbled the sky of the Iraqi capital.
90 attacks in one year
In mid-October, pro-Iran factions in Iraq announced that they would no longer attack the US embassy provided Washington announces the withdrawal of all its troops by the end of the year.
This truce was announced against the backdrop of acute diplomatic tensions in Baghdad. Shortly before, Mr. Pompeo had issued an ultimatum to the Iraqi leaders: if the rocket fire did not stop, Washington would simply recall all of its diplomats and soldiers from the country.
Even today, even after Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election, experts claim that Donald Trump's administration has assembled all the documents necessary to close the embassy in Baghdad.
According to Washington, the nearly 90 rocket attacks that have targeted its embassy for a year, Iraqi bases housing American soldiers and logistics convoys of Iraqi subcontractors working for the American army are mainly carried out by Hezbollah brigades. , the most radical Iraqi pro-Iran faction.
Iraqi Parliament voted to expel American soldiers
Several attacks have been claimed by small groups with unknown names, false noses of pro-Iran groups, according to experts.
Each time, these groups say they are calling for the departure of
occupants Americans, relying on a vote in the Iraqi Parliament.
In January, 48 hours after the assassination in an American attack of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abou Mehdi al-Mouhandis, Iraqi Shiite deputies voted to expel the 5,200 American soldiers then present on their soil.
The government of the day had pretended to only manage day-to-day business and therefore not be able to implement this measure immediately. Mr. Kazimi's cabinet, appointed in May, pleads for
three years to the Americans to leave the territory.
The latter had redeployed their troops in 2014 against ISIS, after a first total withdrawal from Iraq, which they had invaded in 2003, during the year 2011.
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