U.S. Embassy security personnel shoot rubber bullets at protesters in Baghdad

by Laura Mize · Jan 1st, 2020 10:18 am

As protests outside the U.S Embassy in Baghdad entered into a second day on Wednesday, security personnel at the compound deployed tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to keep crowds controlled.

Demonstrators were seen trying to climb and set fire to the compound's walls, as well as throw rocks at the structure. Protestors managed to break some of the compound's bullet-proof glass, and a reception room was left in shambles.

The violence follows airstrikes carried out by the U.S. on Sunday in Syria and Iraq. American officials say Kata'ib Hezbollah, a militia group supported by Iran, was linked to the sites and that the group is to blame for increased rocket attacks against American locations in Iraq.

President Trump has pointed to Iran as the party behind the Baghdad riots, and tweeted that the Middle Eastern nation "will pay a very BIG PRICE!"


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