Pentagon deploys 100 Marines to protect US Embassy in Baghdad
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The Pentagon has sent at least 100 United States Marines to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. This happens here on New Year's Eve as a means to increase security while Iraqi Shiites are protesting and acting out after American's conducted an airstrike "on Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria breached the compound, U.S. officials said."
Corey Dickstein reported on this earlier, stating:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement issued earlier Tuesday that the new forces would help “ensure the security of our embassy and personnel working in Baghdad.” Esper’s statement came as television footage showed dozens of the protesters standing along the walls of the embassy compound and occasionally throwing rocks. Many people in the crowd were waiving the yellow flags of the Iran-backed Shia militias, known as Popular Mobilization Forces. Some fighters in that force helped battle the Islamic State under the Iraqi security forces umbrella, however the United States has blamed the group for recent rocket attacks on American positions in the country, including an attack Friday on a base in northern Iraq's Kirkuk that left a U.S. contractor dead and injured four American service members.
It's also stated that infantry from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, were taken from Kuwait to the embassy. They were assigned to the Corps' crisis response team as they have the experience and training to evaluate the ongoing situation and respond quickly as needed.
Critics on social media are already suggesting this is all Trump's fault, with at least one person blaming 'Obama envy.'
His name is Ben Rhodes and he posted that "Trump sanctions on Iran have done nothing to change Iranian behavior except make it worse. This is what happens when your foreign policy is based on Obama envy, domestic politics, Saudi interests, and magical right wing thinking."
At some point Elizabeth Warren tried to make herself relevant. She managed to get 14.k 'likes' on her post, but the amount of people calling her out was the highlight. She said, "Trump’s reckless decisions to walk away from the Iran Deal and now to launch airstrikes in Iraq without Iraqi government consent have brought us closer to war and endangered U.S. troops and diplomats. We should end the forever wars, not start new ones."
The response to both Rhodes and Warren were very mixed and a few subtle arguments broke out.
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