EYEAFRICA TV: Baghdad, Iraq: Over 1,000 Iraqis and members of militia groups gathered in Baghdad on Tuesday to express their anger over the U.S. attacks in Iraq.
On Sunday, the U.S. military launched deadly airstrikes on three locations in Iraq and two in Syria controlled by Kata’ib Hezbollah paramilitary group in Iraq.
On Tuesday, the United States said it was sending additional troops to the Middle East, after hundreds protesters stormed its embassy compound in Iraq, setting fires and chanting: “Death to America!”
Angered by the US air raids that killed two dozen militia fighters on Sunday, supporters of the powerful Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) paramilitary group spilled through checkpoints in the high-security Green Zone on Tuesday, demanding the removal of American troops from Iraq.
Tuesday’s protest took place after funerals for the militia fighters who were killed in the U.S. strikes. The mourners later marched towards the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone.
President Trump later warned in a separate statement that Tehran would “pay a very big price” after the attack, but when asked later in the day about the possibility of tensions spiraling into a war with Iran, Trump told reporters: “Do I want to? No. I want to have peace. I like peace. And Iran should want to have peace more than anybody. So I don’t see that happening.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the attack was “orchestrated by terrorists”, one of whom he named as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.