Department of Defense Sending Extra Forces to US Embassy in Iraq After Breach
The Department of Defense said it was sending additional forces to support American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
The embassy was stormed by protesters on Dec. 31 who burned the outer wall and threatened the lives of Americans inside.
Iraqi security forces kept the protesters at bay but some personnel appeared to join in the mayhem as the crowd scrawled slogans on walls, hurled stones at buildings, and chanted “death to America.”
“The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our embassy and personnel in Baghdad. As in all countries, we rely on host nation forces to assist in the protection of our personnel in-country, and we call on the government of Iraq to fulfill its international responsibilities to do so. The U.S. continues to support the Iraqi people and a free, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement.
“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel, and diplomats in-country, and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the embassy,” Esper said.