U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Twitter that four “terrorists and Iranian proxies” are behind the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy. pic.twitter.com/2QfGGrfmDd
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 31 декабря 2019 г.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qais al-Khazali, he said, were behind the attack, while “Iranian helpers” Hadi al-Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad were helping. U.S. President Donald Trump earlier emphasized the need to protect U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.
Protesters entered the outer perimeter of the fence of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Dec. 31. There were no casualties among U.S. diplomats. The United States was accused of the attack by the Iranian authorities.
The rally was held to protest the U.S. Air Force attack on Hezbollah facilities in the city of al-Qaim December 29. On the day of the raid it was reported that at least 15 militia members were killed.
Protesters set fire to the diplomatic mission fence. As a result, U.S. authorities sent additional military forces to Iraq to guard their embassy in Baghdad.
Iranian authorities condemned the U.S. air strikes on Hezbollah militia and called the actions of Washington terrorism. In the past few years, Hezbollah fighters have been helping official Damascus fight the militants.
The organization was banned in the U.S., Israel and the European Union, as well as members of the Cooperation Council for Arab States of the Gulf. Russia considers the movement a legitimate social and political force.