Baghdad: Iraqi security sources told Agence France-Presse that early Thursday, two rockets were launched in the green zone of the US embassy in Baghdad fortified, causing no casualties or damage.
The dawn attack occurred after Monday’s White House talks. Prime Minister Mustafa Khadmi was flying home from Washington, and President Joe Biden announced the end of US operations in Iraq.
In recent months, attacks on US interests in Iraq have been launched almost every day, accusing pro-Iranian armed groups within the security organization.
But in the weeks before Kadmi’s visit to Washington, they had subsided, during which time he faced pressure from hardliners to set a definite withdrawal date for all remaining US troops.
Since the first week of July, there has been only one attack. On Saturday, a drone attacked an air base in Kurdistan, Iraq, without causing casualties or damage.
Biden said that the relationship between the United States and Iraq will enter a new phase, and the U.S. military will withdraw from combat operations in Iraq before the end of the year.
In the face of the threat of a comeback from the Islamic State group and Iran’s strong influence in Baghdad, Biden emphasized that Washington remains “committed to our security cooperation”, while Khadmi reiterated the “strategic partnership” between the two countries.
However, as the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, US leaders confirmed that the 2,500 US troops still in Iraq will not participate in the fighting before the end of the year.
His announcement was welcomed by the Conquest Alliance, the political branch of the Iraqi Hashed-al-Shaabi paramilitary network, which is dominated by pro-Iranian groups but not welcomed by hardliners because they fear that this change will be purely Nominal.