Supporters of Iranian-backed militia end siege of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

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Scores of protestors attacked the United States Embassy in the heavily guarded Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 31 while expressing their anger towards the recent US airstrikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 fighters. The embassy’s main door was smashed and a reception area was set ablaze while tear gas was fired by U.S. security personnel.
(Pictured) Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters set a fire during a sit-in in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, on Jan. 1.

BAGHDAD — The siege by supporters of an Iranian-backed militia at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad ended Wednesday after the militia ordered them to withdraw, bringing relief to the diplomats trapped inside and averting a potential showdown between the United States and Iran.

Supporters of the Kataib Hezbollah militia who had spent the night camped outside the embassy dismantled their tents and marched out of the area, saying they would instead continue to press for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in the nation’s parliament.

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