On Sunday 29th December 2019, US carried out airstrikes against three camps in Iraq and two in Syria. The bases belonged to the Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah militia group, which is formally part of the Iraqi army. At least 25 fighters were killed and dozens injured.
In response, Iraqi Shia militia supporters broke into US Embassy Compound. They took over a reception area of the embassy compound, smashed windows, lit fires on the roof and raised militia flags. They firebombed a second gate to the compound but did not breach the main building. US soldiers took up positions on the embassy roof and from there fired teargas rounds into the crowd on Wednesday.
Iraqi army soldiers were deployed in front of the U.S. embassy, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Iran-backed militiamen have withdrawn from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad after two days of clashes with American security forces.
Protesters burned property in front of the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 31, 2019. Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. The protests come after the US launched deadly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
Members the Hashed al-Shaabi, a mostly Shiite network of local armed groups trained and armed by powerful neighbour Iran, smash the bullet-proof glass of the US embassy’s windows in Baghdad after breaching the outer wall of the diplomatic mission.
An Iraqi protester holds up a sign that was detached from the US embassy wall as a sentry box is set ablaze in front of the building in the capital Baghdad during a demonstration to protest against the weekend’s air strikes by US.
U.S. soldiers stand guard on the roof of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Iraqi protesters, including clerics, hold a prayer inside the walls of the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone during an angry demonstration.
Protesters burn property and wave militia flags in front of the U.S. embassy compound.
A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard in front of the outer wall of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad during a protest.
Members of the Iraqi pro-Iranian Hashed al-Shaabi group and protesters set ablaze a sentry box in front of the US embassy building.