“Due to militia attacks at the US Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. All future appointments are cancelled. US citizens are advised to not approach the embassy,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.
This comes after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Tuesday that the country would send approximately 750 soldiers to the Middle East as an immediate response to the events in Iraq,
Thousands of protesters managed to reach the US diplomatic mission which is located in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, chanting “Death to America” and burning US flags.
The demonstrators also held up signs calling for the US mission to be shut down and for the parliament to order US forces to leave Iraq.
American forces deployed inside the compound fired tear gas, flash bangs and stun grenades to disperse the crowd, however, the Iraqi protesters breached the outer wall of the high-security compound, throwing bricks and stones at the surveillance cameras around the building.
The incident came just a day after US forces conducted airstrikes on a number of Kata’ib Hezbollah bases in the western province of Anbar.
The aerial aggression killed at least 27 individuals and wounded 51 others, according to the latest toll released on Monday by the PMU, commonly known by its Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi. The targeted Kata’ib Hezbollah forces belonged to Brigades 45 and 46 of the PMU.