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As Protesters Attack US Embassy, Trump Vows This Will Not Be Another Benghazi

President Donald Trump has warned Iran that it would be held accountable after protesters attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in response to recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”

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Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters breached the compound on Tuesday, the last day of 2019, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area as protests raged over U.S. airstrikes over the weekend that killed members of the Iran-backed militia.

The U.S. strikes followed a rocket attack Friday at an Iraqi coalition base in Kirkuk that killed a U.S. civilian contractor and injured several American service members. The U.S. believes the Iraqi Shiite militia is the culprit behind Friday’s attack in Kirkuk, along with multiple other attacks targeting coalition installations in recent months. Iran has rejected accusations that it was involved in any recent attacks though.

Pentagon sources say that 100 Marines are being sent to the embassy to bolster existing security. A U.S. Apache helicopter gunship also flew over the embassy and dropped flares in a “show of force,” attempting to disperse the crowd. Defense Secretary Mark Esper later confirmed additional forces are being sent.

The storming of the compound represented a grave new challenge to the Iraq-U.S. relationship, as Iran competes for influence. Iraq has long sought to balance ties with both countries, but reports from the scene indicated Iraqi security forces did not initially stop protesters as they marched to the heavily fortified Green Zone following a funeral held for those killed in the U.S. airstrikes.

In a statement to the press, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, said, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had separate phone calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and President Barham Salih on Tuesday, in which he made it clear the United States will protect and defend its people, who are there to support a sovereign and independent Iraq.”

Ortagus added that both Iraqi leaders “assured the secretary that they took seriously their responsibility and would guarantee the safety and security of U.S. personnel and property.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., backed Trump in a Twitter thread, crediting the president for “acting decisively” and saying he’s put the world on notice “there will be no Benghazis on his watch.” This referred to the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Libya in which four Americans were killed. The Obama administration faced heavy criticism both for the embassy’s vulnerability as well as conflicting statements regarding the nature of the attack and what led to it.

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11 Comments on this post.
  • Donald King
    6 January 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    Absolutely, positively, do not back down. These animals understand nothing but strength, not weakness as we saw during the last administration.

  • Karlene
    6 January 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    GOD BLESS OUR STRONG PRESIDENT for standing firm to Protect AMERICA & IT’S PEOPLE…
    UNLIKE THE DISGUSTING SOCALLED LEADERSHIP UNDER OBAMA & CLINTON.

    WE WILL NEVER FORGET BENGHAZI!!!

  • Harietto
    6 January 2020 at 5:49 pm
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    Presidents Trump hasn’t disappointed everything he said on his campaign his delivering. America first

  • Jacqueline
    6 January 2020 at 6:13 pm
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    I’m in full support of our President

  • TOM
    6 January 2020 at 6:47 pm
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    Trump is doing the right thing, these nutbags in Iran need to be hit hard and without hesitation to let them know the pussyfooting bullshit responses by the Obama Administration with Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State no longer exist. Hurt Americans and the US of A will respond harshly is Trump’s message and it’s the right message!!!

  • Cynthia Brown
    6 January 2020 at 9:42 pm
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    Do what God would do, wipe them out all the way down to the children. Unfortunately these people
    Don’t believe in peace and the value of
    Life. Which means their children will grow up the same always hating. i believe in love and let live but this has got to stop they don’t give two cents about us or anyone else who view life as sacred.

    And that women that thinks she’s God needs to leave congress we have all had enough of her and her stupidity. Is she drunk all the time or drugged? Because believe it or not that’s what we see when she’s on out TV sets. How she ever got there is beyond me. Pos

  • Amy
    6 January 2020 at 11:12 pm
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    I stand behind President Trump and our military 💯percent! I believe that our president has the interests of the USA at all times.

  • cathleen
    8 January 2020 at 7:26 am
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    God Bless the troops in Iran. The fuse has been lit and NOT by the U S. President Trump needs Americas support having to deal with this volatile situation in the Middle East. As Mr Trump stated, he does not want war , but Iran keeps pulling the tigers tail . We all hope this doesn’t escalate. Pray that our troops are kept safe. This impeachment crap needs to end! Let the President be the President and run the country! TRUMP 2020

  • Lindita Rustem Macuku
    8 January 2020 at 5:23 pm
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    We need strong President like Donald Trump to make America great again

  • Marie Grace
    8 January 2020 at 5:56 pm
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    I’m in full support of our America FIRST President. O’crapo gave $150 BILLION to the Muzzies, in the middle of the night…and now they are using it against us.
    We need to IMMEDIATELY bomb the Dome of the Rock. Then advise them if they do not lay down their arms and submit to us…we will bomb Mecca.
    They bombed our Twin Towers, killing 3,000 innocent American citizens were murdered…and that’s only one of their devastating acts. We need to hit them hard to let them know O’crapo of Bushey are no longer in power. We now have a real American hero at the helm…

  • Djea3
    9 January 2020 at 12:54 am
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    Now that this is over and he great general dead and now that Iran has sent missiles to US Backed basis in Iraq, THERE NEEDS TO BE TOP SECRET STANDING ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

    EACH AREA COMMAND SHALL HAVE A QUICK SUPPORT RESPONSE PLAN FOR EACH LOCAL EMBASSY AND MAINTAIN IT UP TO DATE AT ALL TIMES.

    1. IF any US Embassy GATES OR WALLS are breached the nearest command SHALL respond with fighter jet fly overs at SONIC SPEEDS as low and close as safe near the embassy.

    2. IF attackers do not withdraw imediately after sonic flyover then anyone near the Embassy shall be considered an attacking enemy declaring war on the USA.

    3. Immediately after the supersonic flyover Strafing and direct defense, controlled ordinance (preferably precision targeted) of any conventional kind can and will be used against all attackers of the embassy.

    4. Special Forces SHALL be deployed in accordance with the quick response plan and shall create a safe zone as quickly as possible around the embassy.

    5. Escalation by enemies shall be responded to with decisive methods and intent to cause full suppression and capitulation, full escalation shall be authorized.

    6. No direct or further instruction shall be required of local command until after a briefing to POTUS which shall be as soon as reasonably possible.

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