US deploys 750 troops after attack on its embassy in Iraq

US troops fired tear gas in response to violent protests at the country’s embassy in Iraq, as militiamen set fire to the building for a second day.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper said about 750 troops would be deployed after one of the worst attacks on a US diplomatic mission in years.

Iran-allied militiamen and supporters had camped out at the gates overnight, a day after breaking into the compound and vandalising a reception area.


Night vision shows US Marines landing in Iraq

They began to withdraw on New Year’s Day as troops came in, following a message from the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) who said the “message has been heard”.

A protest camp has been set up in front of a nearby hotel.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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