Thousands of Iraqi protestors attacked various parts of the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday after US airstrikes killed dozens of Iran-backed Iraqi militia over the weekend. The attack on the embassy has been widely documented on Twitter with videos and pictures showing the destruction.
Protestors are currently breaking into the #US Embassy in #Baghdad, #Iraq. Kata’ib #Hezbollah supporters have managed to break through the first security gate (photo via @thestevennabil) flags can be seen. pic.twitter.com/mIpTn70wF9— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) December 31, 2019
One freelance journalist recorded the moment when the angry mob chanted, "No, no to America, no, no to Israel" outside of the embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone.
The Times of Israel's Mina Bai tweeted a video of what appears to be part of the embassy on fire.
More videos show protestors are burning the outer walls of the embassy.
It appears thousands of protestors are currently outside the embassy chanting anti-American slogans, throwing objects over the embassy wall, and burning things at the main gate.
Protestors are attempting to storm the main gate of the embassy.
Demonstrators took a video of the embassy's security forces behind bulletproof glass.
The US airstrike on Sunday on Hezbollah bases in Iraq and Syria were in response to attacks on US troops in the region.
ABC News said there had been no reports of any embassy staff hurt in the current rampage.
All security forces have been withdrawn to the inner areas of the embassy with US troops on top of the main embassy building with assault rifles pointed at protestors.
Reuters noted that the US ambassador and other staff members have been evacuated from the embassy. One official said few embassy protection staff remained as the risk of the compound being overrun was high.
Seven armored vehicles with 30 Iraqi troops arrived outside the embassy to assist US forces.
President Trump likely received a briefing on the developments of the embassy on Tuesday morning. He tweeted around 7 am est. saying "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. 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!"
Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019