The US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq suffered a direct rocket hit to its compound minutes ago (3:02 PM EST).
The Embassy restaurant and canteen was damaged and burned.
Loud thuds emanated from the western bank of the Tigris river, where most foreign embassies are located.
One security source said three Katyusha rockets hit near the high-security compound while another said as many as five struck the area.
Awaiting info updates. Check back
Injuries reported following rocket attack on US Embassy,
US choppers landing inside the vicinity of the Embassy
American casualties now being reported.
2 dead and 5 injured.
UPDATE 6:33 PM EST --
Intense gunfire being heard near Balad AB.
North of Baghdad [~ 40 miles]
US fighter planes departing from north Kuwait and two other bases towards Baghdad:
UPDATE 6:39 PM EST --
Pro Iran PMF militia “Kataib Hezbollah” declares responsibility for attack against US Embassy in Baghdad by releasing video on telegram channel.
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6:43 PM EST --
Urgent -- The US embassy has informed the Iraqi government that the United States will respond militarily to the bombing of the embassy in Baghdad
UPDATE 8:08 PM EST --
USAF 's F-15Es & A-10Cs as well as USMC F/A-18Cs based in Kuwait & Jordan will soon take part in retaliatory airstrikes at PMU (Hashd al-Sha'abi) across Iraq tonight. It will be a response to the KataibHezbollah 's rocket attack at US Embassy in Baghdad.
UPDATE 8:17 PM EST --
USAF warplane activity over Basrah, Iraq
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