Rocket explodes outside US embassy in Baghdad

Monday, May 20, 2019

The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there are no U.S. or coalition casualties. 

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, Bill Urban, says in a statement that Iraqi Security Forces are investigating Sunday's incident. 

A State Department spokesman says that "a low-grade rocket'' landed within the International Zone near the U.S. Embassy and that there was no significant damage or impact on any U.S.-inhabited facility. 

The spokesman says that such attacks will not be tolerated and will be responded to "in a decisive manner'' and that the U.S. will hold Iran responsible "if any such attacks are conducted by its proxy militia forces or elements of such forces.''-AP