US troops fire tear gas at pro-Iran protesters outside US embassy in Baghdad https://t.co/hZ3KwELvk2
— 4029news (@4029news) January 1, 2020
Protests are continuing today at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Demonstrators are throwing rocks and setting fires.
The Trump administration is boiling this issue down to the U.S. versus Iran. That conflict is at play, no doubt. But you might find this New York Times explanation of the many cross-currents of unhappiness and division there useful. Nothing is simple in Iraq, where U.S. troops have now been deployed for 28 years.
Also: A contingent of Marines has arrived to shore up embassy security.
Since arriving at the US Embassy in Baghdad, @SPMAGTF_CR_CC has bolstered security to keep American citizens safe, maintaining a ready posture to respond. pic.twitter.com/FBStxWdxQE
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) January 1, 2020