Protesters outside US Baghdad embassy comndemn air strikes

Tuesday, 2019-12-31 16:01:37
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Thousands of protesters and militia fighters gathered on December 31 outside the main gate of the US Embassy compound in Baghdad to condemn air strikes on bases belonging to an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq.

US forces carried out air strikes on December 29 against the Kataib Hezbollah militia in response to the killing of a US civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry announced on December 30 that it will summon the US ambassador in Baghdad over US attacks that killed 25 people and injured 51 others.

Earlier in the day, another statement after an emergency session by the Iraqi National Security Council (INSC) condemned the US attack on Hashd Shaabi bases in western Iraq, saying "the Iraqi government considers it a violation of Iraq's sovereignty."

Xinhua, Reuters