Protesters attack U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

by Adam Ford · Dec 31st, 2019 7:10 am

Last Updated Dec 31st, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Chanting "Death to America!" scores of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after breaking down a gate and setting fires. Embassy security forces and guards fired tear gas and stun grenades.

The embassy attack comes on the heels of U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters from an Iran-backed militia in Iraq. The U.S. launched the strikes in retaliation the killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base last week.

Protesters threw rocks, shattered surveillance cameras, covered the walls with graffiti, and shouted demands for the United States withdraw its forces from Iraq.

As the mob stormed the compound, half a dozen U.S. soldiers were seen on the roof of the main embassy building with weapons pointed at the protesters, many of whom were in militia uniforms. Numerous embassy guards have been seen inside the reception area behind glass windows, very close to protesters.

The ambassador and other staff have reportedly been evacuated.

President Trump has responded, saying Iran "will be held fully responsible":


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