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Statement | Dec. 23, 2020

U.S. Central Command Statement on Dec. 20, 2020 Rocket Attack

By U.S. Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Central Command Public Affairs

The Dec. 20, 2020 rocket attack on the green zone in Iraq was almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Group. While this 21 rocket attack caused no U.S. injuries or casualties, the attack did damage buildings in the U.S. Embassy compound, and was clearly NOT intended to avoid casualties. 

U.S. Embassy building, Green Zone, Baghdad, damaged during the Dec 20, 2020 rocket attack
U.S. Embassy building, Green Zone, Baghdad, damaged during the Dec 20, 2020 rocket attack
U.S. Embassy building, Green Zone, Baghdad, damaged during the Dec 20, 2020 rocket attack
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U.S. Embassy building, Green Zone, Baghdad, damaged during the Dec 20, 2020 rocket attack
Photo By: US Central Command
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These groups are Iranian-backed because Iran provides both material support and direction. They are rogue because they are actually acting on behalf of Iranian interests  and direction in a direct betrayal of Iraqi sovereignty. It is important for the people of Iraq to understand that past attacks by the Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Groups have killed more Iraqi civilians and members of the Iraqi Security Forces than they have killed Americans. The United States will hold Iran accountable for the deaths of any Americans that result from the work of these Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Groups.


Captain Bill Urban, USN, U.S. Central Command Spokesman