American soldiers heave tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters
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A new update shows the United States will deploy about 750 soldiers (650 Paratroopers, 100 Marines) to protect the U.S. embassy and get the situation in Baghdad under control. This video shows the American soldiers dropping tear gas to disperse the protesters who gathered around the embassy and wouldn't leave the area.
The protesters slept there overnight and attempted to storm the embassy, causing fire damage. They finally dispersed today, but it took efforts from the United States military and a healthy dose of tear gas to get them to leave.
ABC News reported:
Earlier on Wednesday, U.S. Marines guarding the embassy fired tear gas after the protesters lit a fire on the roof of the reception area, the Associated Press reported. Smoke could be seen rising from the building.
Despite the protests ending, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said in a statement Wednesday that all public consulate operations have been suspended and advised U.S. citizens not to even approach the compound.
Who are the protesters?
They are pro-Iranian militia and their supporters. They were seen lighting fires, throwing objects like water bottles at security, and singing anti-American chants such as "Down, down USA."
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