US Embassy in Iraq under attack as protesters storm building – US soldiers under siege

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IRAQI protesters have stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad following American air strikes which killed 25 fighters from an Iranian-backed Shia militia.
By Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
Hundreds of Iraqi mourners attempted to set the US Embassy in Baghdad on fire as they broke in following the deadly American air strikes. The mourners held funerals for those killed in an area of the Iraqi capital, after which they marched on to the heavily fortified Green Zone until they reached the sprawling US embassy there. Journalists on the scene saw the chanting crowd try to storm the embassy. The US ambassador and other staff have been evacuated from the Embassy.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and at least three US soldiers on the roof of the embassy.

It is not clear what caused a fire at the reception area near the car park of the compound.