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1979 Again? Iranian-backed Militia Storms U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Shouting “Death to America” and “No, no, Trump”

1979 Again? Iranian-backed Militia Storms U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Shouting “Death to America” and “No, no, Trump”

President Trump vows to hold Iran “fully responsible” for U.S. embassy attack.

President Donald Trump has vowed to hold Iran “fully responsible” for Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Thousands of rioters along with Iran-backed militia fighters stormed the U.S. embassy in Iraq on Tuesday, Reuters news agency reported.

The rioters climbed over the embassy wall, shouting “No, no, America!,” “No, no, Trump!”, and “Death to America!”, the Associated Press reported. Many were seen carrying the flags of Iran-backed militia Kata’ib Hizbollah, a designated terrorist group.

The U.S. ambassador and the diplomatic staff were safely evacuated from the compound in wake of the attack, Iraqi officials confirm.

President Trump blamed Tehran for the embassy attack orchestrated by the Iran-backed terror militia. “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible,” he tweeted, referring also to last week’s rocket attack on a military based in northern Iran in which one U.S. civilian and several army personnel were injured. The U.S. responded by striking the bases of Kata’ib Hizbollah terror group, which carried out the attack.

The Associated Press reported the storming of the US. embassy of pro-Iranian militia:

Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, angered over deadly U.S. airstrikes targeting the Iran-backed militia. U.S. guards fired tear gas and palls of smoke rose over the grounds.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and at least three U.S. soldiers on the roof of the main embassy building. There was a fire at the reception area near the compound’s parking lot but it was unclear what had caused it. A man on a loudspeaker urged the mob not to enter the compound, saying: “The message was delivered.” (…)

There were no reports of casualties, but the unprecedented breach was one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory. It followed deadly U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. military said the airstrikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that it had blamed on the militia.

The developments represent a major downturn in Iraq-U.S. relations that could further undermine U.S. influence in the region and also weaken Washington’s hand in its maximum pressure campaign against Iran.

On Monday, Iran-sponsored Kata’ib Hizbollah had vowed revenge for the U.S. airstrike that took out two dozen of its operatives and destroyed several of its weapon depots. “The blood of the martyrs will not be in vain and our response will be very tough on the American forces in Iraq,” the founder and former chief of Kata’ib Hizbollah declared. The Iranian regime too warned the U.S. of ‘consequences’ following the anti-terror strike. Those threats have now been materialized.

The Kata’ib Hizbollah militia is regarded as the Iraqi-wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iranian regime’s military arm. “KH has a strong linkage with Iran’s Quds Force and has repeatedly received lethal aid and other support from Iran that it has used to attack OIR coalition forces,” a spokesperson for the Pentagon said in statement on Sunday, referring to the Quds Force, IRCG’s international operations unit.

Iran funds and steers Kata’ib Hizbollah and other Shi’a Islamist militia in the region to exercise control over the ‘Shiite Crescent,’ a territory that stretches from Iran to Lebanon. Tehran repeatedly uses these proxy terror groups to hit U.S. and allied forces in the region.


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Looks more like a photo op than an attack.

    Tom Servo in reply to Petrushka. | December 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    If you look at the photo’s closely, you will see that most of the “protesters” are wearing Militia uniforms. This is an attack on our embassy organized by Iran, using it’s militia proxies in Baghdad.

Clearly, this is Mayor DeBlasio’s and Governor Cuomo’s fault. They shouldn’t have called for Trump to release more federal taxpayer money to improve security for Jews in NYC from “white supremicists” attacks.

Continue to cripple the mullahs with suffocating sanctions. Slap silly our Euroweenie “allies” who are trying to circumvent said sanctions. Support the popular uprising which is brewing, unlike Obama during the 2009 Green Revolution. Do not become involved in another Middle Eastern land war. Have a plan in place to help pick up the pieces, unlike when the Shah fled and the Ayatollah arrived forty years ago.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to TrickyRicky. | December 31, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Bingo. This attack was the desperate act of a regime that’s being choked into oblivion by the sanctions.

    Far from letting up, we should tighten the screws.

JusticeDelivered | December 31, 2019 at 10:52 am

I have suggested before taking out Iran’s hydroelectric installations, after they are all destroyed take out all water reservoirs. Destroy their power grid, starting with major high tension lines. Then take out all power plants.

While doing this send in drones to start killing all the Mullahs. Everytime one goes outside he should be worried about rather he will survive.

Make an example of Iran, other belligerents will see, and temper their attitudes.

    No the drones for the Mullah’s yes. But make sure they are the Mullah’s actually running the country. Not some neighborhood priest.

    A lot of people In Iran ( hence the protests ) support the US and we don’t want to piss them off.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to RodFC. | January 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Maybe if they were pissed off enough they would overthrow the government? Also, if we destroy the power grid they cannot run centrifuges to process nuclear materials. Taking out the power grid would make it much easier to identify any military activity or hidden power plants operating to power those centrifuges.

      ConradCA in reply to RodFC. | January 1, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Smuggle liberty weapon into Iran so the people have the means to fight the Mullahs.

Is there any reason these people are still alive? Shouldn’t we be sending a VERY strong message?

    Tom Servo in reply to Mark. | December 31, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    The reason they are still alive is that the optics of killing 2,000 or 3,000 unarmed Iraqi’s in the middle of Baghdad just wouldn’t be very good.

      Bisley in reply to Tom Servo. | January 1, 2020 at 9:06 am

      The optics of allowing this to happen without opposition is much less good. There surely had to be troops, tanks, helicopter gunships, A-10s, or something in the area close enough to intervene. This is a failure of leadership. This mob should have been exterminated before they got over the wall, collateral damage be damned. Nothing has changed since Benghazi — they know they can still get by with it.

Wherever we have a very large footprint, there we have enemies galore and a long, drawn out, costly quagmire. Maybe we should recognize that history’s going to happen, especially to people who want it to happen, and let these feuding Muslims and Communists kill each other off.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Kepha H. | January 1, 2020 at 10:19 am

    It is my understanding that muslims have purged 80% of christians in the Middle East. Why should we have any sympathy for Muslims? They are generally stupid, they breed beyond their capacity to support themselves, everywhere they reside is a shit hole, and they squander every opportunity anyone has ever given them.

This seems to be an opportunity. Put a lot of pressure on Kata’ib Hizbollah. Force Iran to give them more support.

Then they will have fewer resources for the rioters.

Pressure from outside, pressure from inside.

We delivered some lethal aid of our own. More please.

This President is awake and reporting to us at 4 am.

I looked at the Embassy on google Earth. This link may work:
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Anyway, it looks as if they broke into the parking lot, set some fires, broke a window in the reception kiosk, knocked over the vehicle gate.

The Embassy buildings, ( more than one), had Marine guards and were not attacked.

This is a provocation but less of one than the media is making of it.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to erc. | December 31, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Provocation was my first thought also.

    Ran by the Deep State for sure.

    Aided and abetted by their partners in crime – the world wide Media/MSM.

Irab is intent on influencing the 2020 election. They are probably well coordinated with the American left.

Iran is obama’d mafia godfather, coming back to ask for a ‘favor’. Obama and jarrett now have to earn their kickbacks.

We can certainly blame Trump for this one.

The Iranians would never have done this with Obama or with Hillary in the White House since the US would have continued with the extortion payments to Iran

    Actually, they would have, because publicity stunts like this are followed by the Ritual of the Extended Palm and the Wait For Generous Donation, which the Democrats have no problem doing.

      Edward in reply to georgfelis. | January 1, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      But the Socialist-Democrats had developed a system whereby they paid off without waiting for any demonstration or extended hand. Saves so much time, effort and worry, don’t you know.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Trump should call Jimmy Carter for some guidance and advice.

POTUS is not screwing around with this–Bn of 82nd Airborne already en route

This was allowed to happen by the formal government of Iraq. US police routinely protect foreign embassies in this country. We allow protest marches, but violent intrusion, or attempted intrusion, is usually dealt with by local police departments on scene.

Iraq was not stable when US troops were withdrawn, but, there was far less foreign intrusion in that country when we were there. And, we should still have a couple of regiments there in a standby mode, much like Korea.

What is interesting, is that the us government, not necessarily the POTUS launched a “defensive” attack upon several militia sites, several hundred miles away, based upon tenuous and unsubstantiated evidence. Somebody wants a war. The question is who?

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