Explosions Rock US Embassy After Building Hit by 7 Mortars

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The U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad sustained minor damage Friday after seven mortars landed in its compound.

No injuries were reported in what Reuters said “appeared to be the largest attack of its kind in recent memory.” An Iraqi security installation within the compound was damaged in the 4 a.m. attack.

Also Friday, U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria were targeted with rockets and drones at three bases in Syria. Two attacks also took place at the Ain al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad, according to an American defense official. No injuries were reported.

Overall, it was the most attacks registered against U.S. forces in that region in a single day since mid-October. Since Oct, 17, American installations in Iraq and Syria have been attacked at least 84 times, the defense official said.

The commander of the Iraqi Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, Abu Alaa al-Walae, said the group, which did not claim responsibility for the attack, rejects “talk about stopping or easing operations as long as Zionist crimes continue in Gaza and the American occupation continues in Iraq,” according to CNN.

The State Department has designated the group as global terrorists.

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