Iraqi mourners march at the U.S. embassy to protest air strikes that were originally published on abcnews.go.com
A lot of angry mourners have been reported to have rushed to the US Embassy in Baghdad to protest the deadly US airstrikes this week.
The demonstrators entered the embassy compound where they hurled water bottles at withdrawing security forces, the Associated Press reported.
They smashed security cameras in front of the embassy and sang “Down, down USA”.
Photos of the scene showed that a guard house had been set on fire by demonstrators.
The protests took place after the mourners held funerals for those killed in the airstrikes, and then marched through the city’s fortified green zone until they reached the embassy.
Iraqi Hezbollah officials said on Twitter that the demonstrators’ intent was not to attack the embassy, but to hold a session until the embassy is closed and the US ambassador is deported, the AP said.
The attack on the embassy follows American airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia operating in Iraq over the weekend. Strikes were carried out against five facilities in Iraq and Syria linked to Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH). The Pentagon referred to it as a group associated with the Iranian Quds Force that is responsible for the recent attacks in Iraq, including a missile attack that killed an American civilian at the K1 Iraqi military base near Kirkuk Friday ,
After these strikes, a leading Iraqi militia officer warned of a strong reaction against the United States.
An official from the State Department downplayed the threat of retaliation by Iran or Iranian-backed proxies on Monday.
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