New video shared to social media is reportedly depicting an all to familiar scene of helicopters landing on the rooftops of a US Embassy in a warntorn region.
These new images and video reportedly show helicopters landing on the US Embassy in Baghdad as protests turned violent in recent days. According to social media, protesters have stormed the Presidental Palace and might be turning their sites on United States Embassy officials.
Last month, the State Department re-issued a Level 4 travel warning urging US Citizens to avoid travel to Iraq, citing “terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, civil unrest, and Mission Iraq’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.”
According to posts on social media, protesters stormed the Presidental Palace in Iraq after an influencial Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his total withdrawl from politics and calling for the country to hold early elections to solve the country’s political termoil.
Military and militia members were seen clashing in the streets earlier today.
According to the military times, the United States currently maintains roughly 2,500 troops in Iraq following the Withdrawl in 2021. It is estimated there are roughly 350 people working at the US Embassy in Baghdad.
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