US urges Iraq to ‘protect’ its diplomats after rockets targeted embassy in Baghdad

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The US embassy in Baghdad urged Iraq’s government to protect its personnel, after rockets targeted the diplomatic mission in the city’s high-security Green Zone on Friday.

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“We again call on the government of Iraq... to protect diplomatic and coalition partner personnel and facilities,” an embassy spokesperson said in a statement, after “two salvos of rockets” were fired at the mission without causing any reported casualties.

US forces at military bases in Iraq and Syria have faced more than 70 attacks since mid-October claimed by an umbrella organization of Iraqi Shia armed groups, though diplomatic missions have been spared.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for any attack on the US embassy on Friday.

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