WATCH: Iraqis Storm US Embassy compound in Baghdad, Chanting 'Death to America' (Benghazi Flashbacks)

by America's Keepers on December 31, 2019
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, angered over deadly U.S. airstrikes targeting the Iran-backed militia. U.S. guards fired tear gas and palls of smoke rose over the grounds.

“We have delivered our message, please leave the area to avoid bloodshed,” one announcement said as several US Marines were seen on the roof of the main building with their guns pointed at the protesters.

At one point, the Marines fired tear gas and flash rounds to disperse the crowd, according to Agence France-Presse.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry officials did not say when the American ambassador or other embassy workers had left but added that a few protection staff remained.

There were no reports of casualties, but the unprecedented breach was one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory. It followed deadly U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. military said the airstrikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that it had blamed on the militia.

President Donald Trump blamed Iran for the embassy breach and called on Iraq to protect the diplomatic mission.

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by Joann Opacic on January 03, 2020

Shoot them dead, do not wait

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