After a day of angry protests in front of the United States embassy in Baghdad, violence continued again on Wednesday as security personnel fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters trying to scale the walls of the embassy. 

The violence began after Iranian proxy forces launched yet another missile attack on an American base in Kirkuk. Kata’ib Hezbollah was held responsible for this and several other missile attacks, which left a number of American and Iraqi personnel wounded, on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria. After several warnings to the Iranians, the U.S. launched several strikes against Kata’ib Hezbollah facilities in Iraq and Syria. According to reports, dozens were killed from the airstrikes.

But Kata’ib Hezbollah, in either a brilliant stroke or a dumb move, got locals out with their militias to attempt to enter and burn the U.S. Embassy. 

Protesters were waving a mix of Iraqi and Hezbollah flags during the violence.

President Trump, naturally took to Twitter. He put the focus on and blamed Tehran for the protests around the Embassy and Baghdad. He said that the Iranians would be held responsible for the damage to the Embassy grounds and/or personnel.

“Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities,” Trump tweeted. “They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat.”

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a televised statement that the Iranian militiamen and their supporters are “not protesters.” “These were terrorists that are organized, trained and equipped by the Iranian regime,” she added.

The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), which are part of the paramilitary proxy forces used in Iraq, released a statement asking that the “protesters” respect the Iraqi government. But thus far, their statement has been ignored.