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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that four additional attacks have been launched against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria within the last twenty-four hours, bringing the total number of assaults since October 17 to 82.
On Friday morning, a missile assault on the expansive U.S. Embassy in Baghdad resulted in only minor destruction and no casualties, according to officials from both the United States and Iraq.
The confirmed assault marks the initial occurrence against the embassy situated in the fortified Green Zone of the capital city of Iraq since the onset of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
On the western bank of the Tigris River, Iraqi government facilities and embassies are located within the Green Zone.
Since Israel declared war on Hamas two months ago, Iran-backed militias in Iraq have claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks that targeted bases housing U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria.
In the past few weeks, according to the United States military, 78 attacks have been launched against American facilities, with 37 occurring in Iraq and 41 in Syria.
A multi-rocket assault was launched against American and coalition forces in the vicinity of the embassy complex and the Union III base, which contains offices of the U.S.-led coalition, according to a U.S. military official.