Iraqi Government Uncovers Possible Security Service Links To U.S. Embassy Attack

While the U.S. has approximately 2,500 troops stationed in Iraq and an additional 900 in eastern Syria, tensions have been rising over Washington’s unwavering support for Israel during the Gaza war that commenced on October 7.

The Iraqi government has revealed that individuals responsible for the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad last week are believed to have connections to the country’s security services. Although specific details regarding which security services the alleged perpetrators are linked to have not been disclosed on Thursday, 14th December, the announcement raises concerns about internal involvement in the assault.

The attack occurred on December 7 when rocket salvos targeted the heavily fortified U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad’s Green Zone, resulting in minor damage. While no group claimed responsibility for the attack initially, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, later claimed separate attacks on a U.S. airbase in Iraq and another base in eastern Syria on the same day.

The Iraqi government’s spokesperson for the prime minister stated on Thursday that security forces have detained several individuals allegedly responsible for the embassy attack, with ongoing efforts to apprehend others involved. The spokesperson expressed regret, stating that unfortunately, preliminary information suggests connections to specific security services among some of those involved. The government is actively investigating to uncover the full extent of those involved.

Amidst escalating tensions, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, condemned the attacks on the U.S. embassy, labelling them as “unacceptable and unjustifiable.” Al-Sudani, who came to power with the support of a pro-Tehran coalition, emphasized the need to bring the perpetrators to justice, highlighting that targeting diplomatic missions undermines Iraq’s stability and security.

While the U.S. has approximately 2,500 troops stationed in Iraq and an additional 900 in eastern Syria, tensions have been rising over Washington’s unwavering support for Israel during the Gaza war that commenced on October 7. The attacks on U.S. facilities in Syria and Iraq have become more frequent, with the U.S. military reporting 84 incidents during this period, resulting in injuries to around 60 service personnel.

Attributing the attacks to Iran-backed militias, the U.S. has consistently called on the Iraqi government to rein in these groups. The incidents underscore the broader regional tensions and power struggles, with Iraq finding itself caught between various factions vying for influence.

As investigations continue and the Iraqi government works to hold those responsible accountable, the international community closely watches the evolving situation, recognizing the potential ramifications for regional stability. The complex geopolitical landscape in the Middle East adds another layer of complexity to these events, leaving many questions unanswered and heightening concerns about the fragile balance in the region.