Trump blames Iran for at­tack on US em­bassy

Daily Express - - Front Page - By News Re­porter

IRAQI mili­ti­a­men backed by Iran broke into the United States’ em­bassy com­pound in Baghdad yes­ter­day.

Dozens of protesters got within 200 yards of the main build­ing be­fore US troops forced them back us­ing tear gas.

Iraqi troops were sus­pected of com­plic­ity by al­low­ing the protesters to pass through a se­cu­rity check­point into Baghdad’s Green Zone, where most em­bassies are lo­cated.

The at­tack was car­ried out in re­venge for Sun­day’s US air raids on the Ira­ni­an­backed mili­tia Kataib Hezbol­lah which killed about 25 and wounded 51.

The raids were in re­tal­i­a­tion for a Kataib Hezbol­lah rocket at­tack on an Iraqi base on Fri­day.

Iran branded the air raid as “ter­ror­ism” while Iraqi of­fi­cials fumed about

Amer­ica’s breach of Baghdad’s sovereignt­y.

Don­ald Trump yes­ter­day blamed Iran for the em­bassy breach.

The US pres­i­dent tweeted: “Iran killed an Amer­i­can con­trac­tor, wound­ing many. We strongly re­sponded, and al­ways will.

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“Now Iran is or­ches­trat­ing an at­tack on the U.S. Em­bassy in Iraq. They will be held fully re­spon­si­ble.

“In ad­di­tion, we ex­pect Iraq to use its forces to pro­tect the Em­bassy, and so no­ti­fied!”

The demon­stra­tion took place after thou­sands of peo­ple at­tended the fu­ner­als of the mili­ti­a­men killed by the US air strikes.

The marchers had gath­ered out­side the em­bassy com­pound chant­ing “Down, Down USA!”, “Death to Amer­ica” and “Death to Is­rael” and hurled wa­ter and stones over its walls.

They flew yel­low mili­tia flags, sprayed graf­fiti on the wall and win­dows and set fire to trail­ers used by se­cu­rity guards.

They then smashed the gates used by cars and dozens pushed into the em­bassy com­pound be­fore US troops forced them back.

The Pop­u­lar Mo­bil­i­sa­tion, a group of Ira­nian-backed Shia mili­tias ab­sorbed into the Iraqi Army, claimed that 20 protesters were wounded by live rounds and tear gas can­is­ters.

● So­mali Is­lamic ex­trem­ists al-Shabaab yes­ter­day claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a truck bomb in the cap­i­tal, Mogadishu, that killed at least 79 peo­ple last week.

Mili­ti­a­men wav­ing Kataib Hezbol­lah flags storm the Amer­i­can em­bassy in Baghdad

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