Chaos in Baghdad as pro-Iranian militias storm the US Embassy following the US airstrikes after Iran was responsible for killing a US contractor.
Iraqi supporters of a Shiite militia have broken into the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad after smashing a door and storming inside, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. Screams of “Allahu Akbar, America is the biggest Satan” can be heard in the protests as well.
Our US Embassy in Baghdad has US military personnel and diplomats who are very important to our country and especially their families back home. Iran supporting terrorist acts to directly harm their safety today must be met with an appropriate, fierce and powerful response.— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) December 31, 2019
Pro-#Iran Militia Kataib Hezbollah are now inside US Embassy in Baghdad #Iraq. Iraqi security and fortifications failed to stop them.— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) December 31, 2019
They’re in reception area. Smoke seen in other videos. Hezbollah refusing calls to leave vicinity: pic.twitter.com/Kz1rMuxxcy
A violent anti-American protest led by the Popular Mobilization Units, the Iraqi militias loyal to Iran, is raging outside the US embassy in Baghdad. The smoke is from a guard’s station, a detached structure that the protestors broke open with a sledgehammer and then torched. pic.twitter.com/dw6iwfLEMV— Mike (@Doranimated) December 31, 2019
Kataib Hezbollah protesters breaching the gates of the US embassy in Baghdad. They say they will stay till US troops leave. It’s the biggest US embassy in the world & supposedly secure but hard to see how diplomats can remain now pic.twitter.com/17VkjQA71W— Liz Sly (@LizSly) December 31, 2019
You were the architect of @BarackObama’s Iran Deal that gave $140 BILLION to a nation that is that largest state sponsor of terrorism.— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) December 31, 2019
You should be in prison for “Material Support to Terrorism.”
Get back into your hole you traitor. https://t.co/lYQ9zpJr6a
VIDEO: AH-64 Apaches protect @USEmbBaghdad. 🚁“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens…and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy.”~@EsperDoD 🇺🇸🇮🇶 pic.twitter.com/amABHBAOcL— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) December 31, 2019