WASHINGTON (AP) – The US will send more troops to defend the embassy complex, which infiltrated militants and their supporters in Baghdad on Tuesday, and do not plan to evacuate, Pentagon and State Department officials said.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the United States has taken action to “ensure the security of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats” and “ensure our right to self-defense.” We are sending additional forces to support our staff at the embassy. ”
The additional forces will consist of a small additional squad of marine guards, said two representatives from the Department of Defense in Washington. They will be from the Marine Corps Embassy Security Team, which is specially trained to ensure security in US diplomatic missions. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be identified.
“Our staff is safe,” the State Department official added. “There are no plans to evacuate the embassy in Baghdad.” This official was also not authorized to be named.
Dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the building of the US Embassy, smashed the main door, set fire to the reception room and pulled out tear gas released by the embassy guards. The crowd was outraged by the deadly airstrikes in the United States, which on Sunday were directed against the militia supported by Iran.