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Protesters withdraw from U.S. embassy in Baghdad

1 year 7 months 1 day ago Wednesday, January 01 2020 Jan 1, 2020 January 01, 2020 10:48 AM January 01, 2020 in News
Source: BBC World News
Protesters at U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq Photo: Associated Press

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Protesters who've been demonstrating outside the U.S. embassy in Iraq have started to withdraw. 

On Tuesday, a tense standoff began as a crowd of demonstrators, protesting the deaths of militia members in U.S. airstrikes, began shouting and hurling stones at the embassy. 

BBC World News reports that U.S. forces responded by firing tear gas. 

By Wednesday morning, most of the protesters left the compound to set up camp near an area hotel.

An umbrella group of state-allied militias called, 'The Popular Mobilization Forces,' instructed protesters to withdraw from the embassy in response to an appeal from the Iraqi government, saying, "your message has been received."  

President Trump tweeted that he believes Iran is ultimately responsible for the attack on the embassy. But Iran has denied involvement. 

The embassy is one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions in the world and one of the most heavily guarded.

According to the BBC, at the moment, there are about 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq involved in anti-Islamic State operations and training missions with Iraqi security forces. 

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