Selin ATAY-TDO- Iraq’s military announced that a volley of rockets has targeted the United States’ embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

“We call on all Iraqi political and governmental leaders to take steps to prevent such attacks and hold accountable those responsible,” the statement said.

The United States withdrew some staff from its embassy in Baghdad earlier this month, temporarily reducing personnel before the first anniversary of the US air strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, outside Baghdad’s airport on January 3.

Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadrist Movement in Iraq, demanded that a state of emergency be declared in Baghdad after a missile attack on the US Embassy. "It is the work of the militias to risk the lives of civilians, we have mentioned this before," the leader of the Sadrist Movement said of the attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad. “No one has the right to carry weapons outside state control," the statement said.

"The government should declare war in Baghdad and use only the military to ensure the security of civilians and foreign missions," Sadr said in a statement. The leader of the Sadrist Movement also expressed his readiness to play a role in ensuring the safety of civilians and foreign missions.

In his statement, Sadr addressed Parliament and called for the start of negotiations with the US Embassy in Baghdad to end the US military occupation. Sadr, an Iraqi Shiite political and religious leader, also demanded that the U.S. Embassy not respond to such attacks and leave it to the Iraqi government.

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