President Donald Trump woke up on Tuesday morning to not-so-pleasant news that a large group of pro-Hezbollah protesters breached the gate of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq on the heels of a U.S. military counter-strike against Iranian-backed forces in the country who were responsible for the death of an American contractor last week.
According to Breitbart, the president tweeted a dire warning to Iran after the embassy incident, essentially ordering them to have their people back off or face the repercussions.
“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!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
After receiving news and confirmation last week that the Kata’ib Hezbollah was responsible for the deadly attack that claimed the life of an American contractor and injured several U.S. military troops, Trump and the Pentagon ordered a bombing strike — carried out by F-15 Strike-Eagle jets — against a number of Hezbollah militia sites in both Syria and Iraq.
The strikes claimed the lives of 25 Hezbollah militia fighters in Iraq.
“I would note also that we will take additional actions as necessary to ensure that we act in our own self-defense and we deter further bad behavior from militia groups or from Iran,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters on Saturday when asked about the military strikes against the militia sites.
In Trump’s tweet, he also urged local Iraqi forces, who are mostly friendly with the U.S., to offer their assistance to bolster security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad as tensions grow with protesters who are upset that the United States retaliated against the Iranian-backed forces.