As a developing situation at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq intensifies, with Hezbollah sympathizers crashing through the gates and possibly attempting to overrun and attack the compound, the U.S. military and President Donald Trump apparently aren’t messing around and aren’t taking chances on losing any American lives.
According to a recent report from Marine Corps Times, a detachment of 100 U.S. Marines from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces Crisis Response — Central Command, are being deployed to the embassy along with two Apache attack choppers to provide over watch.
“The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our Embassy and personnel in Baghdad,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday.
“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense,” he added.
The U.S. State Department said at this time there are no immediate plans to evacuate the American embassy in Baghdad, though they presumably have plans for such a measure should the situation become hostile enough to warrant evacuation.
SECDEF Esper also stressed that Iraqi security forces should be compelled to step up and assist U.S. military forces in protecting the compound, along with other nations — just like we would do for them in similar situations around the globe.
“As in all countries, we rely on host nation forces to assist in the protection of our personnel in country, and we call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its international responsibilities to do so,” Esper said.
The increased activities from protesters comes as U.S. military forces launched strikes on several Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia sites, killing approximately 25 fighters. That strike was actually a retaliatory measure after the same Hezbollah militia forces were found to be responsible for a deadly attack last week that claimed the life of a U.S. contractor and injured several U.S. troops.
U.S. Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAFTF-CR-CC) 19.2, prepare to deploy from Kuwait in support of a crisis response mission, Dec. 31, 2019. Video via @USMC🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/MgW4fLl6Rf
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