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President Trump accused Iran of masterminding the attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Iraq on Tuesday and vowed to hold the regime “fully responsible.”
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militia supporters entry was gained to the compound, in Baghdad, after allegedly smashing a gate and rushes inside. It came in the midst of the protests over US air strikes, although Trump said that the strikes were in response to the killing of an American contractor.
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“Iran killed an American contractor and many injured. We reacted strongly, and always, Trump tweeted” on Tuesday morning. “Now Iran is the mastermind of an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. You will have the full responsibility. In addition, we expect that Iraq notified its troops to protect the Embassy, and so!”
The violation of the connection followed a previous attempt, by hundreds of Iraqis. The unrest came as the Iraqis held funerals for the 25 fighters from the Iranian-backed Shiite Kataeb militia, Hezbollah, were killed in US air strikes at the beginning of the week, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. military said the air attacks were in retaliation for the last week of the killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that had you put the blame on the militia.
A Reporter for the AP, described a chaotic scene on the floor Tuesday and said the crowd shouted, “Down, Down USA!” An AP reporter on the scene saw the flames rising from inside the compound and at least three U.S. soldiers on the roof of the Embassy.
There were no reports of casualties, but the unprecedented injury was one of the worst attacks on the Embassy in recent memory. Iraq has long struggled to balance its relations with the United States and Iran, both allies of the Iraqi government. But to prevent the government’s angry reaction to the U.S. airstrikes and its apparent decision that the protesters from reaching the Embassy, a significant deterioration of the US-Iraq relations signaled.
Iraqi security forces made no effort to stop the protesters as they marched to the heavily fortified Green Zone. Not to give a man on a loudspeaker urged later, the mob, the connection, stating: “The message was delivered.”
Two Iraqi foreign Ministry officials initially Reuters, the US told the Ambassador and staff were evacuated, but U.S. officials pushed back, telling Fox News that the Embassy was not evacuated. Further, an official said Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller was not evacuated, but was out of the country on a previously planned vacation.
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U.S. lawmakers, as well Iran for the Embassy accused of the attack, with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., They tweet that they are “directly responsible for orchestrating” it.
“In the case of an Iran-backed militia, an American killed in Iraq last week, hit it with a clear answer. Now our Embassy’s was attacked in Baghdad—sovereign U.S. territory, in a reckless escalation. As the President notes, Iran must be held responsible,” Sen. Tom cotton, R-Ark., tweeted.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Edmund DeMarche and Jack Dielectric and The Associated Press contributed to this report.