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Khalid Mohammed/AP

The U.S. Embassy in Iraq (Khalid Mohammed/AP)

Human Race


Iraqi Shiite militia supporters lit fires, threw rocks, and chanted, “Death to America,” at the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Dec. 31. President Trump sent Marines and other security forces to the embassy, and the rioters retreated from the compound and set up tents around the compound. On Jan. 1 they reportedly began to leave. The rioters were angry over American airstrikes that had killed 24 members of the Iranian-backed militant group Kataib Hezbollah over the previous weekend. The United States holds the group responsible for a missile attack on an Iraqi military base on Dec. 27 that killed an American contractor and wounded other U.S. and Iraqi military personnel.


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