The US embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad was hit with a rocket. Journalists on site report loud explosions.
Baghdad – In the Iraqi capital Baghdad several rockets fell on Tuesday evening. Four missiles of the Katyusha type are in the so-called Green zone hit, the media department of the Iraqi security forces reported on Twitter. This is where the highly secured government district and the Embassies the United States and other countries. The rockets were fired from the east of the capital. There was no information about possible victims. At first no one confessed to the attack.
Close to Green zone and at the airport of Baghdad it happened again and again in recent months Missile attacks. Mostly local militias are behind this, some of which are supported by neighboring Iran. The attacks were also directed against Iraqi military bases used by US troops. The Shiite militias allied with Iran are demanding the withdrawal of US soldiers.
According to security circles, it was the first attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, since pro-Iranian groups in Iraq agreed a month ago to stop the attacks on the US site. Like many other international representations, the US embassy is located in the highly secured Green Zone of the Iraqi capital.
Missile attack on US embassy: Trump had recently ordered troop withdrawal
About an hour earlier, the incumbent US president had Donald Trump* the withdrawal of troops from the Iraq and Afghanistan arranged. By January 15, the number of soldiers will be reduced to around 2,500 each, said the Acting Defense Minister Christopher Miller on Tuesday at the Pentagon. The partial deduction would therefore take place immediately before the elected successor took office Joe Biden* implemented.
The Department of Defense did not provide any information on how many US soldiers are currently in Afghanistan and in Iraq are stationed. The US broadcaster CNN according to 4500 and 3000 respectively. Miller said the US was entering a new phase in the fight against international terrorism. He had informed leading congressmen and international allies, including NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Afghan President Aschraf Ghani.
Miller said she was part of Trump’s plan to “put the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq to bring it to a successful and responsible conclusion ”. In the missions in both countries 6900 Female soldiers and soldiers like. The first speculations about the further partial withdrawal had it right after Trumps Election defeat* against Biden given. Shortly afterwards, the incumbent president fired defense ministers Mark Esperwhich in turn means that senior positions in the Pentagon with Trump supporters. US media had reported that Esper, after consultations with senior military officials before his release, spoke out against a further withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, as the conditions regarding the security situation had not yet been met. (fmü / afp / dpa) * Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.