Protesters lit small fires at the base of the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq after they broke through the embassy’s barrier wall and took over the perimeter of the buildings. As one of the largest embassies, the buildings sit on about 100 acres, and it is well fortified. Yet, this sort of attack lit a spotlight on the Republicans’ inactivity. Democrats were fed up.
With the Benghazi embassy echoing in his ears, the GOP should have had its protocol down pat. Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) released a statement condemning the attack. He wanted to ascertain that the U.S. was prioritizing American diplomats’ and personnel’s safety. He also requested Iraq assist in protecting the U.S. personnel in the region.
‘I call on all Iraqis, including the government and security forces, to continue our partnership with American security forces and diplomatic personnel to restore security and order.’
There was a series of events that led to this point. On Friday, a misslle attack on the Iranian-financed militia and killed a contractor this weekend. That was followed by armed America fighter jets’ strikes on the Iranian-financed militia. Then, American bombs killed a minimum of 25 people.
Washington blamed these pockets of fighters, which have been are distributed throughout the countryside and also in Syria. Friday’s missile attack on the Iraq base. The Americans blamed the militia group called Kataib Hezbollah. The militia group has said that they were free of blame.
Menendez wants the Trump administration to announce its position about the Baghdad attack to Congress and “elsewhere in the region.” He also wanted Trump’s people to share the embassy evacuation process, including how they planned on maintaining it. He also wanted to know how the embassy provided security to the locals working there. Menendez requested how the administration would protect them.
is asking the administration to send to Congress a current security posture at the embassy and “elsewhere in the region,” including plans for potential evacuations of the embassy and other personnel. He wanted to see the embassy’s plans to ensure the safety of locally employed staff, and threat indicators prior to the attack :
‘While the Trump Administration has touted its maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the results so far have been more threats against international commerce, emboldened and more violent proxy attacks across the Middle East, and now, the death of an American citizen in Iraq.’
The attack on the embassy reached a violent attack so dangerous that the U.S. diplomat and embassy staffer were forced into the embassy’s fortified safe room.
POTUS blamed Iran for igniting the demonstrations at the U.S. embassy:
‘Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!’
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