Trump makes threats following largest rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad since 2010

Source: The Hill | December 23, 2020 | Ellen Mitchell

President Trump on Wednesday added to the growing tension between the United States and Iran following a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad early this week, warning against any additional strikes.

The Sunday rocket attack, which included 21 missiles that killed at least one Iraqi civilian and damaged the embassy compound, was the largest such strike on the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone in a decade. It is thought to be linked to Iran.

“Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq,” Trump tweeted.

“Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over,” he added.

It was initially reported that Iran-backed militias fired eight rockets into the International Zone in Baghdad that houses the U.S. Embassy around 8:30 p.m. local time. The facility’s missile defense system was activated to deflect the attack.

But an after-action review by U.S. Central Command (Centcom) found that the attack included far more missiles, with roughly half of the 21 weapons landing inside the U.S. Embassy compound, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Centcom head Gen. Frank McKenzie said it was unknown if the attack, which included missiles believed to have been supplied by Iran, was planned by Tehran or an Iran-linked force. No group has yet claimed responsibility.


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