Iraqi supporters finally dispersed from the grounds near the US Embassy in Baghdad that was under a vandalized attack by them along with pro-Iranian supporters.
The attacks were a retaliatory move against the US airstrikes that killed 25 Hashed fighters over the weekend. Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary force is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization that comprises some 40 militias that are mostly Shia Muslim groups. They also include Sunni Muslim, Christian, and Yazidi individuals.
The Pentagon has been reporting over the repeated rocket attacks that US forces have faced in recent months, all attributed to pro-Iran Hashed factions.
Apparently, the US retaliated against a recent attack where a US contractor was killed. In the US airstrikes, as many as 25 fighters from Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) were killed.
In response to the vandalism and unrest created by outside factions in Iraq, Iraq’s caretaker premier Adel Abdel Mahdi had called on the angry crowd to leave the embassy. However, most ignored the call and continued to spend the night in dozens of tents set up outside the perimeter wall.
Washington has now suspended operations of the US consulate in Baghdad. Strangely, protestors easily crossed the checkpoints around the Green Zone at the consulate. It was only on the calls of the Hashed forces themselves that the crowds dispersed. It has also been reported that Iraqi special forces had no orders to engage with these protestors and hence did not stop them.
Relations between the US and Iraq have never been so sour and strained as they look to be as of now. According to political analysts, this could prove to be fatal for Iraq as it is already reeling under a broken government rule that is being tossed around by outside forces and a very angry civilian population.
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