December 31, 2019 / 3:47 PM / a month ago

U.S. expected to send more Marines to Baghdad embassy - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to temporarily send additional Marines to its embassy in Baghdad following violent demonstrations outside the compound, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it would be a small number and would be coming from the region.

Protesters and militia fighters enraged by American air strikes on Iraq staged a violent demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, torching a security post and hurling stones as security forces and embassy guards hit back with stun grenades and tear gas.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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