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Chapter : U.S. Leaders Remark on Iraq Embassy Attack and Airstrikes : December 30 and 31, 2019
U.S. Leaders Remark on Iraq Embassy Attack and Airstrikes : December 30 and 31, 2019
In October 2019, Iraqis rallied across their country, speaking out against endemic corruption, high unemployment, dire public services, and foreign interference from Iran. Those protests—and the government’s subsequent crackdown—forced the prime minister to resign, but demonstrators continued to advocate for deeper political change and an end to foreign influence in domestic politics. In late December 2019, Iraqis, upset over foreign influence in their country, stormed past security forces and broke into the heavily guarded compound of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. American officials responded swiftly to the embassy attack. Defense officials announced the United States would ...