Thousands rallied in Baghdad to demand that American troops leave the country, though their numbers fell short of the “million-man” march called for by an influential Shiite cleric.
The U.S. and Iraq have reportedly resumed their counterterrorism partnership against ISIS, after operations were suspended following Qassem Soleimani’s killing.
Iran struck back at the United States early on Wednesday for killing its most powerful military commander, firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops.
"General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
Charging that Iran was “fully responsible” for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East.
Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.
An Iranian-backed militia said Monday that the death toll from U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria against its fighters has risen to 25, vowing to exact revenge for the “aggression of evil American ravens.”
Three simultaneous explosions rocked Baghdad late Tuesday, killing five people and wounding more than a dozen.