Missile Strike Hits Close To US Embassy In Baghdad

A missile from an unknown source landed less than one mile from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Sunday night amid already high tensions between the U.S and Iran.

The missile landed in Baghdad’s Green Zone, where many diplomatic and governmental buildings are located. The impact resulted in only minor destruction to the area, lightly damaging a nearby building used by security guards, according to an official in the interior ministry.

Iraq-based militia groups known to have close diplomatic and ideological ties to Iran have now attempted to distance themselves from the strike, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Pro-Iran paramilitary group, Kataib Hezbollah, commented on the attack calling it unjustified and not in the public interest, according to WSJ.

Paramilitary commander and politician, Hadi al-Ameri, who represents several pro-Iran militia groups, similarly denounced the attack, Monday.

“If war is ignited, everyone will be burned,” he told the WSJ.

The comments were made after the reported discovery of a of a mobile rocket launcher, found by Iraqi security forces, in a region of Baghdad known to harbor pro-Iranian militia elements. 
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