Iranian-backed militias are attacking the US Embassy in Iraq and have burned the outer fence of the embassy storming the gates.
The Iranian militia’s attack comes after the US retaliated on Iran’s attack that killed one American and wounded four. US airstrikes killed fighters from the Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group in Iraq and Syria after the American contractor was killed.
President Trump called out Iran on the death of an American in a tweet earlier today (see below), warning that they will be “held fully responsible” for the attack by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.
He also warned Iraq that they must protect the US Embassy there.
Burning the outer fence of the US embassy pic.twitter.com/wAeLjjQMy4
— mustafa saadoon (@SaadoonMustafa) December 31, 2019
“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!” – President Trump
Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
The militia members claim they will not spare any lives of Americans in the compound:
if you're going to chant "death to America!" and threaten to kill every employee in the Embassy, maybe you shouldn't wear a NY Yankees hat… just a thought https://t.co/XCKCHatIGT
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏻🎁 (@CalebJHull) December 31, 2019
The group of extremists barged into the compound after burning the fence:
Iraqi protesters break down the U.S. embassy gate and storm the compound
‘Down Down USA’
‘Death to America’
— Constitutional Republic TEXT TRUMP 88022 (@Text88022) December 31, 2019
A phone video taken by a Kataeb Hezbollah militia member showed supporters of the Iran-backed Iraqi militia trashing the U.S. embassy in Baghdad: