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The Iraqi military said that `an outlaw group` on December 20 launched eight rockets at the US embassy in the Green Zone in the capital Baghdad, injuring an Iraqi security officer at the guard post and several others.

In a statement on the same day, the US embassy in Iraq confirmed that the anti-rocket, artillery and mortar system (C-RAM) had fired to intercept aerial rockets to deflect the attack.

The C-RAM system was deployed by the US at the embassy in Baghdad in mid-year, when armed groups in Iraq increased their attacks on this diplomatic facility.

The US Embassy was hit by a series of 8 rockets

The US embassy’s C-RAM complex opened fire to intercept rockets in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 20.

Commander of the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) Kenneth McKenzie on December 20 affirmed that they are ready to `react if necessary` to defend themselves as well as protect allies and partners in the Middle East region against any threat.

The US plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq from 3,000 to 2,500 by mid-January 2021, before President Donald Trump leaves office.

Iran-backed militia groups are suspected of carrying out rocket attacks, including the Kataib Hezbollah group.

The first violation occurred on November 17 when a series of rockets crashed into the US embassy and many other areas in Baghdad, killing a woman.

Currently, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack on December 20.

C-RAM is deployed by the US at many bases and diplomatic facilities in the Middle East to intercept cheap unguided bullets and rockets, replacing expensive air defense complexes such as Patriot.

C-RAM uses M-940 self-destructing bullets (MPT-SD) with a self-destruct mechanism at a certain distance to avoid causing unintended damage to neighboring residential areas.

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