Protests at American Embassy in Iraq Continue for a 2nd Day

On Wednesday, hundreds of protestors returned to the United States embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, according to UPI. Tear gas was fired into the crowd and ultimately all but about 200 protestors left. Protests first started on Tuesday in response to an American led airstrike targeting Kata’ib Hezbollah, a militia thought to be backed by Iran. The militia is believed to have conducted a rocket attack last week that injured personnel and killed an American contractor. Still, Iraqi and Iranian officials disapproved of the American response, and the airstrikes were called “unacceptable” and “aggressive” by the Iraqi president. Protestors on Tuesday climbed the embassy walls, attempted to break windows and threw rocks. United States military officials had Apache helicopters fire flares and fly near the embassy; 100 Marines were called in from Kuwait to boost support. President Trump believes Iran is behind the protests, and vowed in a tweet that “they will be held fully responsible”, adding, “in addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”

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Posted by 82nd Airborne Division on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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Posted by Military Veteran Project on Wednesday, January 1, 2020