Iraq Embassy Attacked

PUBLISHED: 1:00 PM 31 Dec 2019
UPDATED: 5:30 PM 31 Dec 2019

U.S. Embassy In Iraq Swarmed, Attacked By Hezbollah Terrorist Mobs

President Trump has vowed that Iraq “will be fully responsible” for allowing the attack.

The angry mobs were forced back with tear gas and flash bangs. (Source: Twitter Screenshot Conflict News)

The U.S. Embassy in Iraq has been swarmed and attacked by hundreds of Kataib Hezbollah supporters. The Shiite militia supporters broke into the compound and both fire and gun shots were reported.

The terror group was forced to vacate the interior of the embassy after tear gas and flash bangs were used, but continued to throw stones and hoist flags.

President Trump has stated that Iraq will be held responsible for the attack, which some claim is a response to U.S. retaliation in the form of airstrikes against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, after the group killed a U.S. contractor and injured four U.S. troops and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces.

Townhall reported:

An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and at least three U.S. soldiers on the roof of the main building inside embassy. It was not clear what caused the fire at the reception area near the parking lot of the compound. A man on a loudspeaker urged the mob not to enter the compound, saying: “The message was delivered.”

Smoke from the tear gas rose in the area, and at least three of the protesters appeared to have difficulties breathing.

The gate that was smashed was a side-entrance, one used by cars to enter the embassy compound. Hundreds of protesters had pushed about 5 meters (16 feet) into a corridor that leads to the main building but the protesters were still about 200 meters (yards) away from it. (AP)

The crowd had been chanting “Down, down USA”, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as they tried scaling the embassy’s walls.

BREAKING – Hundreds of Kataib Hezbollah supporters are swarming the US embassy in Baghdad. No attempt to stop them by Iraqi forced guarding the Green Zone. No way out for diplomats. V. dangerous situation pic.twitter.com/sUgTI8iXHb

— Liz Sly (@LizSly) December 31, 2019

Kata’ib Hezbollah is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and the attack should be treated as a terrorist attack and not a bunch of “protesters” getting out of controlhttps://t.co/do8GT83AKX https://t.co/ypsbg3zmoB

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 31, 2019

IRAQ: Scene outside the US embassy in Baghdad as more protesters arrive in the wake of US retaliation airstrikes against Katai’b Hezbollah positions. – @KARRARISMAILM pic.twitter.com/kKmIevmQ89

— Conflict News (@Conflicts) December 31, 2019

JUSTin : Electrical and communication cabins supplied to the US embassy building torched while embassy staff are still inside. !! https://t.co/KaBaGUi8iw

— ??? ?????? ???? Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) December 31, 2019

The attack comes after the U.S. carried out airstrikes against five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia, in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the killing of a U.S. contractor and injuries to four U.S. troops and two members of the Iraqi Security Forces.

Iraq condemned the airstrikes, calling them a “violation of Iraq’s sovereignty” and the terrorists vowed to retaliate, with KH’s military commander reportedly saying their forces were “ready to destroy the bases of the American occupiers and crush their rotten heads.”

Embassy staff and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq were evacuated but some security staff remained, Reuters reports. Some video from the scene shows at least six U.S. soldiers inside.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) weighed in on the attack early Tuesday morning, saying Iran “must be held accountable” and asked for prayers for the soldiers still inside the embassy.

#Iran is directly responsible for orchestrating the storming of the US Embassy in #Iraq & must be held accountable for it & the safety of every American serving there.

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 31, 2019

Pray for these brave young Americans who remain at their post at the Embassy in Baghdad while an Iranian directed mob attacks the embassy.

The U.S. should employ whatever it takes to secure their safety & the safety of all Americans inside the compound. https://t.co/0H3Epo5g7c

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 31, 2019

Update:

LATEST on #Iraq

• Protesters leave the interior of the US Embassy in Baghdad but continue to stone the building
• Iraq special forces use tear gas to disperse crowds
• Iran-linked militia leaders in the vicinity along with Iraqi interior and defense ministers
• NO DEATHS pic.twitter.com/asD9YdP7PB

— Ragip Soylu (@ragipsoylu) December 31, 2019

Updates from outside US embassy in #Iraq:

-Security forces deploy on roof of embassy & fire tear gas, flash bangs to keep protesters away
-Demonstrators hoist PMF, Iraqi, Kataeb Hezbollah flags at embassy
-NSA Faleh Fayyadh, Qais al-Khazaali, Hadi al-Ameri all outside embassy

— Maya Gebeily (@GebeilyM) December 31, 2019