U.S Embassy Attacked in Baghdad

By khalidy at 2020-01-01 • 0 collector • 120 pageviews

Iraqi supporters of a powerful Iranian-backed militia were attacking the outside of the fortified zone that surrounds the US embassy compound in Baghdad, protesting against American air strikes that killed 25 fighters from the group, news agencies reported. 

No US officials have confirmed the Reuters report that staff have been evacuated, but US officials have been jumpy about diplomatic security since a 1983 car bomb destroyed the US mission in Beirut and bombs struck US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

The protesters carrying coffins of the dead marched to the Green Zone after holding funerals for those killed in the airstrikes, reportedly attempting to storm the heavily guarded US facility. Al Jazeera television broadcast footage showing protesters attempting to break the windows of the embassy.

Security personnel were spotted retreating to the inside of the embassy as the protesters hurled water bottles and smashed security cameras outside the embassy, which measures some 420,000 square meters and is considered the largest and most expensive American diplomatic mission abroad.

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