Iraq: US Army Apache helicopters fly over US Embassy in Baghdad to deter protesters

Additional US Marines from Kuwait were assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAFTF-CR-CC) in crisis support as US Embassy was stormed by Iraqi protesters on Tuesday, after US airstrikes on an Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq and Syria over the weekend. US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters deployed from Kuwait could be seen flying over the US... Еще Embassy in Baghdad and firing flares to show presence and deter protesters. The US Marines joined soldiers from 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade as reinforcement in Iraq. US Secretary Defence Mark Esper said on Monday that F-15 Strike Eagles fighter jets hit five targets linked to Kataib Hezbollah, three in western Iraq and two in eastern Syria. The strikes came after Washington accused Kataib Hezbollah of a rocket attack that killed a US civilian contractor and injured four US servicemen and two members of the Iraqi security forces near Kirkuk. Angry protesters backing the Shiite militia entered the US Embassy compound in Baghdad but the US State Department stated there has been no 'breach'. The Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces Crisis Response Central Command was created after an attack in 2012 on a US diplomatic post where four Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya. Mandatory Credit: Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve Mandatory Credit: Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve

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