update: A US offical has confirmed to CNN that a total of three rockets struck the US Embassy in Baghdad Sunday evening. And importantly, the US has further confirmed one injured in the attack.
There’s still been no claim of responsibility, however the State Department pointed the finger at Iran-backed militias, following over a dozen similar prior rocket attacks on the diplomatic compound since September: “The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So, we remain vigilant,” a spokesperson said. Other regional outlets are citing US defense officials to say one of the Katyusha rockets directly impacted a dining facility or cafeteria at the embassy, which would be a first, given all prior recent missile attacks have landed away from key buildings on the compound.
There are unconfirmed reports that more US personnel may be injured from the attack:
The attack injured some embassy staff, Al Arabiya reported. One rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed near by, a security source said.
UPDATE : US Embassy, #Iraq Attack
• At least one staff injured (AFP)
• Multiple injured + taken in choppers out of Baghdad (Arabiya)
• No word yet from Pentagon https://t.co/nUzO3BYkUM
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 26, 2020