UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States has deployed additional forces to support staff at the US Embassy in Baghdad. This is stated in a statement released on Tuesday by Pentagon chief Mark Esper.
“We took appropriate protective actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military and diplomatic personnel in this country, our right to self-defense. We sent additional forces in support of the [staff] of the embassy,” said Esper. “Like all countries, we proceed from that “that the host forces will help ensure the safety of our staff. We urge the Government of Iraq to comply with its relevant international obligations.”
According to the minister, the Pentagon is working closely with the State Department on this issue.
In turn, the State Department said that the US ambassador in Baghdad is returning to the diplomatic mission building, there are no plans to evacuate the mission.
“Our main priority is to protect and ensure the safety of employees. Our staff is safe, there were no penetrations [to the embassy],” said a foreign official. “There are no plans to evacuate the embassy in Baghdad. The US ambassador to Iraq was in the planned personal trip, reports that he was evacuated – a lie. ” According to the representative of the State Department, the head of the diplomatic mission returns to the embassy.
“Do not confuse the Iranian-supported demonstrations at the embassy with the protests that have been taking place on the streets since October against corruption exported to Iraq by the Iranian regime,” the text says.
“We have made it clear that the United States will protect its citizens who support the sovereignty and independence of Iraq,” the official said. “We are closely monitoring the situation and urge the Iraqi government to ensure the safety of our diplomatic facilities in accordance with its obligations.”
US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he had “very good meetings” on Tuesday in the Middle East.
A massive rally in front of the US embassy in Baghdad takes place on Tuesday in protest against the US Air Force attack on the Shiite group Kataib Hezbollah’s camp in the city of Al-Qaim, the border with Syria. As a result of the raid, 25 people were killed, at least 50 militias were injured.
Embassy guards and police forces used tear gas grenades against the demonstrators and fired several warning shots at the air. As a result, about 20 people were injured.
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