Protesters storm US embassy compound in Baghdad
Law enforcement agencies used tear gas
Security forces used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who stormed into the US embassy in Baghdad during a protest against US airstrikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq and Syria.
Some of the thousands of protesters kindled bonfires, throwing stones and waving flags in support of the hit militias.
Sunday’s strikes have drew criticism from Iraqi leaders, but the US defends its case and warns that it could strike again.
US President Donald Trump blames Iran for embassy incident.
“The Iranians killed an American contract soldier and wounded many people. We gave a strong answer and will always do so. And now Iran has launched an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. They will take full responsibility. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the embassy, ”Trump tweeted on Tuesday..
A senior State Department official said Monday that “attacking and denying responsibility is a hallmark of Iran’s expansionist foreign policy.”.
As a result of airstrikes on weapons depots and command posts of the Kataib Hezbollah group in different parts of Iraq and in eastern Syria, at least 25 people were killed and several dozen more injured..
The attacks were in response to a missile attack on an Iraqi military base that killed an American citizen, according to US officials. The evidence leaves no doubt that Kataib Hezbollah was behind the attack, officials say..
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned the US strikes, calling them unacceptable and warning that such actions would “have dangerous consequences.”.
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