Iranian backed militia fighters have cowardly retreated after breaching a wall in the U.S. embassy in Iraq after President Trump sent in over 100 Marines to defend the diplomats in the hostile nation.
“Supporters of an Iran-backed militia breached the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, vandalizing the property and causing U.S. diplomats to hide in lock down,” The Hill reported.
The incident began as Pro-Iranian Iraqis and Iran funded terror cells protested in front of the U.S. embassy over a drone strike earlier this week which killed at least 25 Kata’ib Hezbollah soldiers across 5 separate targets. Hezbollah has been designated as a terrorist organization, primarily funded by the Iranian government, by the majority of the Western world.
Airstrikes were carried out because of Hezbollah’s involvement in attacks which left four American servicemen injured and a U.S. contractor dead early last week.
As a result, thousands of protesters arrived at the U.S. embassy, many of whom were either members of Hezbollah or supporters of the Iranian funded terror group. “Death to America” echoed through the streets of Baghdad.
Immediately following the start of riots, approximately 100 Marines were deployed to the facility, preventing further violence and deescalating tensions before a larger defense force could arrive. Their presence likely saved countless lives.
President Trump’s reaction to an embassy attack is a stark contrast to a nearly identical incident that occurred at the Libyan embassy in 2012. Hillary Clinton is blamed for the loss of four American diplomats, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, after calls for help against an ongoing slew of enemy attacks went unanswered for 13 hours.
In a tweet, Secratary of Defense Mark Esper announced, “at the direction of the Commander in Chief @POTUS, I have authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of the @82ndABNDiv to the @CENTCOM area of operations in response to recent events in Iraq.” Over 750 troops were immedietly sent to defend the American diplomats on the ground.
According to Fox News, “the protesters had set up around 50 tents, along with a makeshift clinic. Cooks with aprons were serving meals out of giant pots.” The militiamen were ready for a long fight before cowardly retreating.
U.S. Marines responded to the rock hurling, and window smashing with tear gas granades, which helped to dispurse the crowds.
Though the Iraqi military did not immediately intervene, Fox News also reported, “The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of state-allied militias — many backed by Iran — called on its supporters to withdraw in response to an appeal by the Iraqi government, saying ‘your message has been received.'”
President Trump announced late last night that the American embassy was “SAFE.” He added, “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities.”
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