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Violent Protests Erupt Around US Embassy in Baghdad After US Airstrikes

World | Reuters | December 31, 2019, 5:21 pm
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 Protesters and militia fighters enraged by US airstrikes on Iraq staged a violent demonstration outside the US Embassy in Baghdad, torching a security post and hurling stones as security forces and embassy guards hit back with stun grenades and tear gas.<br /><br />A Hashd al-Shaabi fighter holds a sign reading
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Protesters and militia fighters enraged by US airstrikes on Iraq staged a violent demonstration outside the US Embassy in Baghdad, torching a security post and hurling stones as security forces and embassy guards hit back with stun grenades and tear gas.

A Hashd al-Shaabi fighter holds a sign reading "Close the American embassy otherwise people will close it", as others set fire on the US Embassy wall to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters set fire on the US Embassy wall to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters set fire on the US Embassy wall to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 A protester holds a rock to break a glass window of a security guard building of the US Embassy, as people gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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A protester holds a rock to break a glass window of a security guard building of the US Embassy, as people gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters set the U.S. Embassy wall on fire as they protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters set the U.S. Embassy wall on fire as they protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters vandalise a security booth outside of the U.S. Embassy, as people gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters vandalise a security booth outside of the U.S. Embassy, as people gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters try to enter the US Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters try to enter the US Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters set the U.S. Embassy wall on fire as they protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) fighters set the U.S. Embassy wall on fire as they protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters and militia fighters attack a reception room of the US Embassy, during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters and militia fighters attack a reception room of the US Embassy, during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 A member of Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) holds a flag of Kataib Hezbollah militia group during a protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, outside the main gate of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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A member of Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) holds a flag of Kataib Hezbollah militia group during a protest to condemn airstrikes on their bases, outside the main gate of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters and militia fighters carry the logo of the US Embassy, during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters and militia fighters carry the logo of the US Embassy, during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 A US Embassy security officer is seen as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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A US Embassy security officer is seen as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 US Embassy security personnel are seen through a glass window as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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US Embassy security personnel are seen through a glass window as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 A protester holds an Iraqi flag during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), outside the main gate of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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A protester holds an Iraqi flag during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), outside the main gate of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 US Embassy Security men are seen as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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US Embassy Security men are seen as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters and militia fighters attack the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters and militia fighters attack the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters and militia fighters set fire to a reception room of the U.S. Embassy, during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters and militia fighters set fire to a reception room of the U.S. Embassy, during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters and militia fighters throw stones towards the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters and militia fighters throw stones towards the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Members of Iraqi security forces stand guard as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), outside the main gate of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Members of Iraqi security forces stand guard as protesters and militia fighters gather to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), outside the main gate of the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 Protesters and militia fighters throw stones towards the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)
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Protesters and militia fighters throw stones towards the U.S. Embassy during a protest to condemn airstrikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), in Baghdad, Iraq. (Image: Reuters)

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 US Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command 19.2 board an Osprey transport aircraft to deploy to reinforce Baghdad's U.S. embassy from a base in Kuwait. (Image: Reuters)
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US Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command 19.2 board an Osprey transport aircraft to deploy to reinforce Baghdad's U.S. embassy from a base in Kuwait. (Image: Reuters)

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