Two rockets were fired at the US embassy in Baghdad as mortar rounds struck a nearby air base after top Iranian General Qassim Soleimani was killed in the drone attack overnight at Baghdad airport.
Three civilians were wounded after the missiles fell on the outskirts of the compound, before a double mortar attack injured three Iraqi soldiers at Balad Air Base - home to hundreds of US service personnel.
The attacks come after Iranian militants unveiling the red flag, symbolising the need for 'bloody revenge'.
Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed Soleimani who had been the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing.
The killing of General Qacem Soleimani the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, marks a major escalation in the standoff between Washington and Iran, which has careened from one crisis to another since President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions.
The attack on the US Emnassy is seen now as a as warning that the country is ready to fulfill its pledge to hit back at America after President Trump repeatedly responding and tweeting "“Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”
General Gholamli Abuhamzeh, warned of a potential attack on "vital American targets" located in the Strait of Hormuz, in retaliation for the death of Soleimani.
Abuhamzeh is believed to have said: "Vital American targets in the region have been identified by Iran since long time ago…
Some 35 targets in the region, as well as Tel Aviv, are within our reach.
Tens of thousands of mourners are believed to have mobbed a funeral procession for the General and other militia who are killed in the US airstrike, which has since been branded "an act of war" by Tehran.
He also went on to add: "The response for military action is a military action."
Indeed, the response was military and it raises global fears of the breaking out of a World War 3.