Iraqi militias withdraw from US embassy in Baghdad; more US troops deployed, World News
Supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) who stormed the United States embassy in Baghdad withdrew from the complex even as the United States began to send new troops to the area.
PMF said on Wednesday afternoon that his supporters left the embassy after angry protesters entered the US compound at US planes that struck Kataib Hezbollah bases in retaliation for missile attacks that killed an American entrepreneur in northern Iraq last week.
The United States has deployed 750 additional troops in Baghdad as a result of the crisis, it already has more than 5,000 troops deployed in the country.
President Trump previously tweeted that Iran would be “fully responsible” for the attack on the embassy. The US president added that he expected Iraq to use its forces to protect the embassy.
Trump and US officials blamed Iran for the attacks on US forces and the embassy.
“They will pay a VERY BIG PRICE! This is not a warning, this is a threat,” Trump wrote on Twitter, adding “Happy New Year!”
Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi warned against any aggression against foreign embassies and representations.
Previously, hundreds of Iraqi supporters of the Iranian-backed Shia militia broke into the US embassy in Baghdad. Protesters marched on the heavily walled green area and continued to march until they reached the embassy.
The Green Zone is a highly secure area in Baghdad and is home to most of the embassies and government offices. Protesters chanting “Death to America” ââentered the American Embassy and set the American flag on fire.
Security personnel could be seen retreating inside the embassy as protesters threw water bottles and smashed security cameras outside the building. At least 20 people were injured in clashes with security forces.