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Iraqi Protesters Retreat From US Embassy In Baghdad

An attempt by supporters of Iran-backed militias to storm the US Embassy in Baghdad went into retreat Wednesday after protest leaders ordered the suspension of the violent challenge to American troop presence in Iraq.

In the end, calls for a second “Benghazi” proved grossly unfounded.

An attempt by supporters of Iran-backed militias to storm the heavily fortified US Embassy in Baghdad went into retreat Wednesday, as American troops reinforced the besieged compound and as protesters withdrew from the area after their leadership ordered the suspension of a violent challenge to American troop presence in Iraq (where US troops have been stationed for nearly two decades).

The retreat was instigated by paramilitary leaders from the Popular Mobilization Forces, which is part of the Iraqi security apparatus and an umbrella body for dozens of militia groups including factions aligned with Iran. The PMF said protesters demanding the expulsion of American troops from Iraq had delivered their message to the US.

According to the WSJ, dozens of protesters who had camped overnight on New Year’s Eve near the gates of the U.S. Embassy began to dismantle their tents following the PMF’s call to withdraw. Earlier, they had appeared to be in for the long haul, setting up portable bathrooms and a podium. The PMF said the protest site would be moved to the other side of the Tigris River, which bisects Baghdad—still within sight of the embassy. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces took up positions around the embassy

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/iraqi-protesters-retreat-us-embassy-baghdad

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Joe
Joe
January 1, 2020

So, what has Iran got to do with the Iraqi armed force units, other than in your imagination?

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
Reply to  Joe
January 2, 2020

Probably just a pretext and the usual US oceans of blatant BS lies, for massive massmurder of unarmed pissed Iraqis, when the Apache gunships are in place……and of course it’s ‘their’ fault and Iran is to blame…probably blaming Russia + China as well just in case.

olivia kroth
Reply to  Brokenspine66
January 3, 2020

The Iraqis should have burned down the US embassy with everybody and everything in it. Get rid of the pest, once and for all.

angelcyn
angelcyn
January 2, 2020

When Reagan Cut and Run
In 1982 Reagan sent up to 63,000 U.S. troops to Lebanon to disarm the militias. 220 Marines and 21 other U.S. service members were killed. Three months later the USA pulled out. There’s a message here Mr.Trump.

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
Reply to  angelcyn
January 2, 2020

The Rogue Mafia/Terrorist State+Regime USA today give a shit about history or facts and they simply refuse or are uncapable to learn from it…..if it doesn’t fit ‘their’ delusions, they will falsify forge fake rewrite twist bend a spin lies until it fit their ideological obsessions, narratives + views….welcome to the post factual century of US bullshit.

olivia kroth
January 3, 2020

It is a shame the Iraqis did not burn it down. Maybe next time? One more try!

olivia kroth
January 3, 2020

Olivia Kroth
January 5, 2020

Every US president over the last 30 years has ordered the bombing of Iraq. More than a million Iraqis have died during the past three decades years as a consequence of U.S. occupation, bombings, and sanctions. The US government has spent more than $3 trillion of our tax dollars in the on-going occupation and bombing of this oil-rich country.

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