Video appears to show US rocket defenses during embassy attack

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  • U.S. officials blame “terrorist groups” for a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad that injured a woman and a child on Thursday.
  • Video captured during the attack appears to show the Embassy’s C-RAM defense system shooting down at least two rockets.
  • In a statement, the Iraqi army said the attack was launched from the Dora neighborhood in Baghdad.

Striking video of a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad appears to show the embassy’s C-RAM defense system – intended to detect and destroy incoming rockets – shooting down at least two rockets on Thursday while others passed.

US officials blame“terrorist groups” for the nighttime attack which was launched from Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood and said a woman and child were injured.

Three missiles were hit in the perimeter of the US Embassy, ​​Iraqi security officials told The Associated Press. At least one of the missiles hit the Elaf school.

The videos show the American-made system firing 20mm shells, some with illumination, through its six barrels so rapidly that the sound of the shots blends in. Video appears to show a rocket strike at close range from the person recording.

Witnesses said they heard explosions and videos taken by BBC correspondent Nafiseh Kohnavard appear to show the C-RAM defense system engaging around 7.30pm local time on Thursday.

The attack is the latest in a string of attacks targeting bases or facilities with US military and diplomatic personnel, some of which have been attributed to militias with ties to Iran. There were no American casualties as a result of the attacks.

Last month, the Commander-in-Chief for the Middle East, Marine General Frank McKenzie, told The Associated Press that he believed there would be an increase in attacks on American and Iraqi personnel by militias. backed by Iran who are determined to push out US forces.

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