Middle Euphrates River Valley, Syria
8 December 2023

U.S. and Iraqi officials confirmed rocket fire against the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, which was reported to have “caused minor damage but no casualties”. Prime Minister al-Sudani condemned the attack and ordered an investigation, asserting that “those responsible for such attacks insult Iraq, its stability and security”. U.S. sources reported at several additional attacks against U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq the same day. In a statement, the State Department said it “strongly condemn[ed] last night’s rocket attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and today’s attacks against facilities hosting U.S. personnel. The many Iran-aligned militias that operate freely in Iraq threaten the security and stability of Iraq, our personnel and our partners in the region”. It added: “The Iraqi Government has repeatedly committed to protect diplomatic missions as well as U.S. military personnel… This is non-negotiable, as is our right to self-defence”.

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