first published on December 27, 2018 by Will
Shortly after President Trump wrapped up his surprise visit to Iraq, a rocket attack targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad.
Some reports are suggesting it was a mortar attack while others are stating the munitions were fired from a mobile Katyusha multiple launch rocket system.
Those responsible for the attack still haven’t been confirmed, but the most likely culprit is an Iranian-sponsored Popular Mobilization Force (PMU) Shia militia unit. The Islamic State ranks second on the likely list of suspects.
Further reports indicate that as many as four munitions fell. There were no reported casualties. US Marines immediately locked down the embassy and reportedly fired warning shots.
Trump’s surprise visit to Iraq angered Iraqi politicians, especially those aligned with Iranian-linked Shia militia groups. They claimed that Trump was violating Iraq’s sovereignty. Trump reportedly tried setting up a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, but the two couldn’t agree on a venue, so the meeting was scrapped.