Iraqi militias quit US Embassy after protests

first_imgA member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard during a protest to condemn air strikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 1. REUTERS/KHALID AL-MOUSILY BAGHDAD – Supporters of Iranian-backedIraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the United States Embassy’s perimeter intwo days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extratroops and threatened reprisals against Tehran. The demonstrators, angry at US airstrikes against the Tehran-backed Kataib Hezbollah group in which at least 25people were killed, threw stones at the building while US forces stationed onthe rooftops fired tear gas to disperse them. US President Donald Trump accused Iranof orchestrating the violence.   Iran, under severe economic duressfrom punishing US sanctions put in place by Trump, denied responsibility.(Reuters)last_img

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