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Wed Jan 1, 2020, 05:18 PM

Pro-Iranian Protesters End Siege of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Source: NY Times

After a second day of tense protests at the American Embassy in Baghdad, thousands of pro-Iranian demonstrators dispersed on Wednesday, ending a siege that had trapped American diplomats in the embassy compound overnight and winding down a potentially explosive crisis for the Trump administration.

The demonstrators had swarmed outside the embassy, chanting “Death to America!” Some tried to scale the compound’s walls and others clambered onto the roof of the reception building they had burned the day before.

In contrast to Tuesday, when some demonstrators forced their way into the compound and set some of the outbuildings on fire, the crowd on Wednesday was smaller and no protesters breached the compound’s gates ... the militia leaders who had organized the demonstration called on the crowd to leave, and most gradually drifted away on foot or drove off in trucks.

In an ominous sign for the Americans, the Iraqi authorities, who had prevented previous demonstrations from getting near the embassy compound, allowed the protesters on Tuesday to march on it unimpeded.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/world/middleeast/us-embassy-baghdad-iraq.html?auth=link-dismiss-google1tap



Jan. 1, 2020
Updated 2:44 p.m. ET

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left-of-center2012 Jan 1 OP
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 06:21 PM

1. Maybe the protestors are pro-Iraqi since they are Iraquis.

The adjectives in front of the nouns make this report suspect.

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Response to roody (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 06:27 PM

3. "pro-Iranian demonstrators"

As stated in the linked article:

"... the demonstrators — largely members of Iranian-backed militias"

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 06:26 PM

2. Pro Iranian Protestors?

Pro Iranian Protestors? Maybe they are just Iraqis tired of being occupied. This war for a lie has gone on way too long!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:01 PM

4. This was a warning...

...to the US. Shit can get seriously out of control if we keep fucking around.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2020, 07:47 PM

5. Trump and Pompeo are left waving......

their dicks at empty air.

Which was the point, of course.

These folks know how to breach a wall. They could certainly organize a few truck bombs. I suspect they know which strings to pull to get them close to the embassy walls. I'd bet they could organize an assault and takeover.

This was a warning. We have limited influence without a massive troop presence all the time, everywhere.

Things are a-changing.

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