Iraq Protesters Leave But Claim “Psychological” Victory

The demonstrators who have camped outside the U.S. embassy in Iraq for two days are ending their siege.

They had vowed to remain there until all American troops left Iraq. They mostly walked away or drove off in trucks after Iraqi counter terrorism forces took charge from the Special Forces in the Green Zone that had mostly refused to confront them.

The protesters did not get inside the actual embassy on either day. They did cause extensive damage to an embassy reception room by starting a fire there. One of the reasons for their exit is Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei telling them to.

Khamenei is blaming the U.S. for the violence in Iraq. He also rejected the idea that Iran was responsible for violent protests outside the American embassy in Baghdad Tuesday and said that if Iran decides to confront a country, they will do it openly.

Source: CBS News

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