Iraq protesters attack US embassy over strikes
BAGHDAD: Thousands of protesters attacked the US embassy in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday in a rage towards US air strikes that killed more than two dozen pro-Iran fighters at the weekend.
A sea of men and women in military fatigues marched through checkpoints that normally restrict access to the high-security Green Zone in Baghdad.
They waved flags in support of the Hased al-Shaabi, a network of armed groups predominantly included in the security forces.
On Sunday, at least 25 fighters from a hardline Hashed faction known as Kataeb Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) were killed in US air strikes on a base in western Iraq. The strikes were carried out in response to escalating rocket attacks on Iraqi bases where US troops are based.
The attacks were not confirmed, but they were widely blamed by U.S. intelligence assessments on Kateeb Hezbollah.
Tuesday’s protesters entered the walls of the U.S. embassy, shouting “Death to America” and burning flags from the United States.
They held up posters asking for the closure of the embassy and for the parliament to order the withdrawal of US troops.
“Parliament should oust US troops, or else we will,” one poster said.
When Iraqi security forces tried to keep them off, they took security cameras off the wall.