As we reported, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is under attack by Iranian-backed militias, some of whom are in uniform, even waving Hezbollah flags, saying that the Iranian Quds leader, Qasem Soleimani is their leader.
They’ve burned areas of the compound and are chanting “Death to America” and are trying to break into the main building where the remaining members of the U.S. military and the Iraqi security forces guarding the building are.
Militia are responding to airstrikes on their forces by the U.S. because the militia fired a rocket killing a U.S. contracted and wounding several people.
They’ve threatened to kill everyone they find, which will not end well for them when the U.S. troops respond.
Militiaman in military fatigue tells #Rudaw: "We will not spare a single employee" inside the U.S. embassy if they breach the building, warning the U.S. administration and President Donald Trump over recent airstrikes. pic.twitter.com/UIv5lnBbCF
— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) December 31, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) December 31, 2019
So how are the New York Times and the AP describing these militia men?
Yes, they’re calling them “protesters” and calling it a “spontaneous” protest. Where have we heard that lie before?
But they’re going that one better and actually calling them “Iraqi mourners.”
Hundreds of Iraqi mourners tried to storm the United States Embassy in Baghdad, shouting “Down, down USA!,” in response to deadly American airstrikes this week that killed 25 fighters https://t.co/jrAtON72eR
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 31, 2019
“Iraqi mourners.” And there’s the spin. pic.twitter.com/hSHdeH08Gi
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) December 31, 2019
On left, list showing how Iran militias in Iraq have been steadily escalating their attacks on US targets in recent weeks, leading up to today's attack on US embassy.
On right, story from today in which Twitter says attackers are "Iraqi mourners… after deadly airstrikes" by US pic.twitter.com/h0E5aFFKpv
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) December 31, 2019
Can we expect them to blame an offensive video next?
Fortunately, reports are that they got the Ambassador and his staff out, although we know U.S. military is still on site and it’s not clear who else, if anyone, is remaining.
The purpose appears to be to blame the U.S. for the airstrikes to get them stopped and kick the U.S. out.
President Donald Trump is correctly blaming Iran. But trust our media to once again spin.
Or "austere Islamic scholars"
— Judy Van Buskirk (@buskirk_judy) December 31, 2019
Why does everyone who works at the Times hate America?
— Toni (@ImLivinginLight) December 31, 2019