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.