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The former CIA Station Chief Dan Hoffman responded to the protesters to attack the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in response to retaliatory air attacks from the Pentagon.
Trump administration officials and U.S. lawmakers turned up the pressure on the Iraqi government to keep American personnel in the safe country, after a stunning attack on the Embassy in Baghdad, renewed concerns about the influence of Iran.
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militias and their supporters against the compound Tuesday, smashing a door and setting fire to a reception area, as protests raged over US air strikes over the weekend that killed members of Iran-supported militia. President Trump accused Iran of “orchestration” of the attack, while the defense of the air strikes as a response to an attack that killed an American contractor.
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A U.S. defense official told Fox News that sent 100 Marines to the Embassy to strengthen security. A U.S. Apache attack helicopters also flew over the message and dropped flares in a show of force, tried to disperse the crowd. The Minister of defense Mark Esper later, additional forces are confirmed to be sent.
The assault on the compound represents a grave new challenge to the Iraq-U.S. relationship, as Iran competes for influence. Iraq has long sought to balance relations with the two countries, but reports from the scene of the Iraqi security forces given first, not the protesters to stop, as they marched on the heavily fortified Green Zone, held a funeral for the fallen soldiers of the US air attacks.
A U.S. official later told Fox News that “Iraq took part of security forces” in the protection of the Embassy and Trump made it clear he expects Iraq to protect U.S. personnel.
“[W]e expect that Iraq notified its troops to protect the Embassy, and so!” Trump said in his tweet, the guilt of Iran.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo had to protect separate phone calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and President Barham Salih on Tuesday in which he made “clearly, the United States and defend the people, to support it, a sovereign and independent Iraq,” State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
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Ortagus added that the two Iraqi leaders, ” assured the Secretary, they took seriously their responsibility and dignity, the safety and security of U.S. personnel and property.”
But when the news spread of the message of clashes, the Iraqi National security Council, instead of condemning the US air strikes that preceded them.
“The Iraqi government condemns this act and considers it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty,” the statement said. “This is a serious violation of the rules of the coalition, including the U.S. armed forces, in the conduct of operations without the approval of the Iraqi government.”
The statement went on to say that the US “had to their own conclusions and political priorities, not the priorities as assessed by the government and the people of Iraq.”
Pompeo defended the American actions on social media Tuesday, stating that the United States,” responded to attack on the defensive on Iran’s proxy, has killed a US citizen,” and wounded, the Americans and Iraqis.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., supports Trump in a Twitter thread, crediting the President for “decisive action” and says that he is the world to the announcement “there will be no Benghazi on his watch.” This related to the 2012 attack on the American compound in Libya in which four Americans were killed. The Obama government in the face of fierce criticism, both for the message of the vulnerability, as well as contradictory statements about the nature of the attack and what led up to it.
In his Twitter thread, Graham glove, challenging Iraq put the feud to further cooperation with the United States, indicate that it would be in your best interest.
“To our Iraqi allies: The is convince her moment, the Americans, the US-Iraq relationship is of importance and worthy of protection,” said Graham. “The protection of our American employees. You will not regret it.”
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Both sides of the aisle to cooperate on Iraq. Frequent Trump Critic, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the storming of the Embassy and called it “deeply troubling” and called for Iraq to do his part.
“The first priority is the safety of our employees. Iraq has said the duty to protect you,” the ship.
The situation remains fluid, in Baghdad. In the early evening, the protesters set up tents were in front of the Embassy, where they told her to sit on the stage-in. Dozens of yellow flags belonging to the Iran-supported Shiite militias, and fluttered to the Desk and were plastered to the Embassy of the concrete wall along with anti-US graffiti.
A State Department official said in a statement later on Tuesday that U.S. personnel are confirmed “safe” and there are no plans to evacuate the Embassy, while the defence had that it is a “violation.”
The official also confirmed the US Ambassador Matt Tueller was not cleared, despite the “false” reports to the contrary, but was on the previously proposed “personal journey.”
“He’s back at the Embassy,” the official said. To complain calling on Iraq to the protection of plants, the said official, this “Iranian-backed demonstrations in front of the US Embassy should not be confused with the Iraqi demonstrators in the streets since October, the corruption, Iraq exported by the Iranian regime.”
Esper said in a statement that the Pentagon and the State Department work closely together to ensure, to confirm the security of the Embassy, that they support the sending of “additional forces” to the staff at the scene.
He added: “As in all countries, we continue to support on the host, the forces, to do the protection of our personnel in the country, and we call on the government of Iraq to fulfill its international obligations. The United States continues to support the Iraqi people and a free, sovereign and prosperous Iraq.”
Fox News’ Trey Yingst, rich Edson and Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.