Former Deputy Prime Minister Hoshyar Zebari blamed the rocket attack on an “unruly militia," claiming that five rockets had been fired at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Zebari tweeted that a restaurant in the embassy had been "damaged and burned" and described the attack as "a very dangerous game by [Popular Mobilization Forces] uncontrolled factions to galvanize the tense situation."
The unruly militia are at it again tonight. 5 rockets are fired on #BaghdadIZ & #usembassy compound.More precise but no casualties.— Hoshyar Zebari (@HoshyarZebari) January 26, 2020
Fox News reports that five Katyusha rockets were fired into a riverbank in the city's Green Zone during a separate attack that also resulted in no injuries and no serious damage. In a statement, Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi condemned the attack on the U.S. Embassy. Anti-government protestors took to the streets on Sunday in protest over a religious leader's decision to withdraw support from the popular movement.The compound of #USEmbassy in #Baghdad received a direct rockets hit by unruly militia. The Embassy restaurant or canteen was damaged and burned. This is a very dangerous game by #PMF uncontrolled factions to galvanize the tense situation. It must stop.— Hoshyar Zebari (@HoshyarZebari) January 26, 2020