Rocket strikes dining facility at US Embassy compound in Baghdad

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03 January 2020, Iraq, Baghdad: A general view of the US embassy compound on the banks of the Tigris River. A US airstrike in Baghdad killed on Friday Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the predominantly Shia Muslim Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). (Photo by Ameer Al Mohmmedaw/picture alliance via Getty Images)

(CNN) — One rocket hit a dining facility Sunday on the compound of the US Embassy in Baghdad, a US official told CNN.

The official said at this early stage there are reports of minor damage.

Neither the Pentagon nor the State Department has made public any reports of injuries and have not returned requests from CNN for comment on the incident.

Rep. Michael McCaul, the lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a tweet Sunday that he is “closely monitoring reports of a rocket attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.”

“Violent acts against our diplomatic facilities are simply unacceptable. We must ensure the safety of American diplomats, troops and other Americans in Iraq.”

Adil Abdul Mahdi, the prime minister of Iraq, condemned the attack and said Iraqi forces have been ordered to “deploy, search, and investigate to prevent the recurrence of such attacks, and to arrest those who launched these rockets so that they can be punished.”

The Prime Minister said the Iraqi government is “committed to protecting all diplomatic missions and taking all necessary measures to achieve this.”

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