As of 2:44 PM eastern US Time Sunday, rockets and mortars are landing in the Green Zone of Baghdad, near the US Embassy. At least six powerful explosions have already taken place and more are inbound. Air Raid sirens are blaring from the US Embassy Compound with loudspeakers saying "WARNING -- INCOMING" every few seconds.
This comes just hours after mourners in Iran finished participating in the funeral processions for slain Geneeral Qassem Soleimani.
This is a fast developing story, check back for updates below . . .
UPDATE 2:54 PM EST --
USAF Airstrikes Imminent.
Embassy will be protected.
Eyewitnesses confirm the targeting of the US Embassy in central Baghdad
Katyusha rockets INBOUND
Casualties on the opposite side of the American embassy in Baghdad
2 civilians were wounded as per Al-Arabiya
Al-Nujaba Movement Spokesman “We are awaiting orders to launch the zero hour against the occupation” 0 hour being 12:00 am ?
UPDATE 3:16 PM EST --
6 rockets fired at Baghdad Green zone where US Embassy is located, 1 rocket landed outside of the Green zone and hit a civilian home causing injuries and damage.
ALSO . . . ISIS attack Iraqi force in Daqoq. ISIS launches an attack on Iraqi security forces in Daquq district of Kirkuk. Three Iraqi soldiers reportedly killed and few others wounded.
MORE: Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq General Secretary Qais Khazali vows to attack US targets in Iraq.
UPDATE 3:23 PM EST --
US Embassy is now closed and its personnel are transferred to shelter.
New Blasts heard in Baghdad's Green Zone near US Embassy
UPDATE 3:30 EST--
US Defense Department personnel were injured, just before the missile attack on the embassy in Baghdad.
PRESIDENT NOTIFIES CONGRESS -- VIA TWITTER!
These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!
These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2020
UPDATE 3:34 PM EST --
Massive USAF air presence now over Baghdad
Two civilians from the US Department of Defense were wounded by a rocket that made a direct impact on an apartment across from the American embassy in Baghdad.
UPDATE 4:00 PM EST --
Iranian backed militia sniper units apparently taking positions all over Baghdad.
MORE: Syrian officials say preparations have been made for rocket fire by Iranian militias in Damascus region. Not certain if missiles will go from Syria into Iraq . . . or into Israel???? Maybe both!
UPDATE 4:19 PM EST --
Militias are telling all Iraqi officers to stop protecting US bases for their own safety.
UPDATE 4:24 PM EST --
Intense USAF activity over Kirkuk, Iraq.
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UPDATE 4:39 PM EST --
President Trump is aboard Air Force One, returning to the White House from Florida . . .
UPDATE 4:44 PM EST --
US Embassy in Baghdad is under rocket attack AGAIN.
UPDATE 5:15 PM EST --
The IRGC has closed the Qaim border crossing between Syria and Iraq until further notice. Crossing is now only reserved for missile/UAV shipments between Iran and Syria/Lebanon.
Sources in the north of Israel report heavy and unusual military activity.
UPDATE 6:18 PM EST --
Expect clashes in the next 48-72 hours. Several high ranking political and religious figures OF MANY COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST (the type to get notified first) have traveled to remote areas with their families. Intel suggests no full scale anything until after Soleimani's remains are buried.