President Trump said the diplomatic mission is safe
The Pentagon will immediately send 750 more troops to the Middle East after pro-Iranian demonstrators tried to storm the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.
“The redeployment is an appropriate preventive measure taken in response to the increased threat level against US personnel and US facilities,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday evening..
Esper added that troops from the 82nd Airborne Division’s rapid response unit are also ready to deploy in the coming days..
US President Donald Trump said the Baghdad embassy was safe after demonstrators broke through the compound’s outer perimeter on Tuesday and rammed through the steel door in the visitor center. Demonstrators set fire to and burned a guard post before being driven out by Iraqi security forces using tear gas and noise grenades. None of the demonstrators managed to break into the embassy building itself..
The embassy is located in the so-called. Green area where foreign and government facilities are located
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that the attack “should not be confused with the legitimate efforts of Iraqi demonstrators who have taken to the streets since October, acting in the interests of the Iraqi people, to end the corruption that the Iranian regime is exporting.”.
Demonstrators outside the embassy protested Sunday US air strikes targeting Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.
US Troops Deploy After Attack on US Embassy in Baghdad
Trump Holds Iran Responsible For Any Casualties Or Damage At US Facilities.
“They will pay a very high price. This is not a warning. This is a threat, “Trump tweeted. He ended his tweet with the words: “Happy New Year!” At the same time, it is not clear to whom this congratulation was addressed..
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