A rocket attack has been reported in the vicinity of the US embassy in the Baghdad International Zone, at 02:44 (local time) on Thursday, June 18. At least three rockets landed and the alarm was sounded inside the embassy compound, with the situation reportedly ongoing. Unconfirmed social media reports suggest two rounds landed within the vicinity Celebration Square. No casualties or damage have yet been reported; further news is awaited.
Similar attacks targeting US facilities are possible in Iraq over the near term.
The incident comes following rocket attacks against Camp Taji earlier in the week, and a subsequent attack on the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center (BDSC) on Tuesday, June 16. This uptick in attacks comes against a backdrop of the recent 'strategic dialogue' between the US and Iraq, in which the failure to deliver a timeframe for US withdrawal is likely to provoke Iranian-backed Shia militia groups.
Individuals in Baghdad are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits.
Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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