Iraqi protesters storm US embassy compound in Baghdad
01 January 2020 | 6:14 am
The US ambassador to Iraq has been evacuated from the US embassy in Baghdad after pro-government protesters gathered outside to condemn American air stikes. The embassy is inside the high-security Green zone.
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