An Iraqi protester with a sign he took from outside the US Embassy in Baghdad after breaching the outer wall of the diplomatic mission during an angry demonstration on Tuesday to denounce weekend US airstrikes that killed Iran-backed fighters in Iraq.
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A man on a loudspeaker urged protesters not to try to enter the embassy, according to the report, telling them they had sent their message with the damage they had inflicted.
The protesters broke down a gate to the embassy and stopped about 200 meters from the main embassy building, where US troops on the roof could be seen pointing weapons at the protesters, according to the Associated Press.
A video from the Iranian state broadcaster Press TV showed an aerial view of the attack:
He said that Iran was “orchestrating” the assault and called on Iraq to use its military to help defend the compound. He said Iran “will be held fully responsible” but did not elaborate on what he might do as a result.
Earlier, huge crowds gathered outside the compound to protest US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday against the Iranian-backed militia Kata’ib Hezbollah, which has fought closely with the Iraqi military in the battle against the Islamic State terrorist group.
Twenty-five people were killed in the attacks, which the US said were made in retaliation for a rocket attack on a base in Iraq in which a US contractor was killed and which the US has blamed on the militia.
Before storming the compound, protesters chanted “down USA, down USA,” and wrote “resistance” in red letters on the walls of the embassy, according to reports.