December 31, 2019 – Dozens of so-called “protesters” and “Shiite militia supporters” stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier today.
Hundreds of Iraqis, some in uniform, have stormed the American embassy in Iraq and are inside. This is an attempt to start a war! Please pray. ?✝️
Iraqi protesters break down U.S. Embassy gatehttps://t.co/XkCDL2mCNS
— LadyWarAnon⭐⭐⭐ (@ChristinePolon1) December 31, 2019
UPDATE: Iraqi security forces are now acting as a buffer between Kataib Hezbollah supporters attempting to storm US embassy Baghdad & the US diplomats and troops trapped inside. pic.twitter.com/UJGGbf0Zh9
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) December 31, 2019
— Blesa Shaways (@Bilesa_Shaweys) December 31, 2019
According to an article by Fox News:
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militia supporters had gained entry to the compound in Baghdad after reportedly smashing down a gate and storming inside. It came amid protests over U.S. airstrikes, though Trump stressed that the strikes were in response to the killing of an American contractor.
The breach at the compound followed an earlier attempt by hundreds of Iraqis. The unrest came as Iraqis held funerals for the25 fighters from Iran-backed Shiite militia Kataeb Hezbollah who were killed in U.S. airstrikes earlier this week, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. military said the airstrikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that it had blamed on the militia.
Reporters for the AP described a chaotic scene on the ground Tuesday and said the crowd shouted, ‘Down, down USA!’ An AP reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and at least three U.S. soldiers on the roof of the embassy. – Fox News
President Trump’s tweet addressing the attack can be seen here:
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 President makes clear that people will be held accountable for the attack.
Staff were evacuated from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, as thousands of protesters and fighters thronged the gates in fury at U.S. air strikes in #Iraq.
"Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible."https://t.co/ety9HXlOpJ
— NTD News (@news_ntd) December 31, 2019
This story is still developing. Please check back for updates!