Sunday afternoon, reports started to come in that our embassy in Baghdad had been hit with rockets.
From the early reports, the rockets struck the meal hall area, which, thankfully, was empty at the time.
So far, all sources have stated there were no injuries in the attack.
Attacks are regularly carried out in this area, but this is the first time there has been a direct attack on the embassy in years.
This is, however, just weeks after the pro-Iranian militia attempted to breach the compound in Iraq.
The strike against the Iraqi military base was supposed to be the end of the conflict, but there has always been concern that Iran would continue to come after the United States via proxy.
Whether this attack was done with the direct approval of Iran we will probably never know, but clearly, our forces and personnel in the area are far from being out of danger just yet.
Put on Warning
After General Soleimani was killed, his replacement was immediately named.
The new leader of the IRGC and Quds Force is now Esmail Ghaani.
One of his first acts as the new head of the IRGC was to say that he would continue Soleimani’s mission.
The words had no sooner come out of his mouth when Trump responded by saying if he dared to attack American forces, he would meet the same fate as Soleimani.
After the initial series of back and forth attacks happened between the U.S. and Iran, Iran’s Prime Minister stated that this conflict was over and he wanted to de-escalate immediately.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, however, stated that the attack against the military base was just the beginning.
Clearly, he would prefer to continue this conflict, which is why the threat of these proxy attacks is still a clear and present danger to our people in the area.
The administration is clearly going to have to hold Iran accountable for these attacks, even if they are not coming directly from the IRGC.
We simply cannot allow Iran to encourage these attacks without repercussions.
We were lucky this time in that the building was empty… that may not be the case next time and make no mistake about it, there will be a next time.