Marines fired tear gas to disperse pro-Iran protesters who surrounded the US embassy compound in Iraq for a second day.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that an infantry battalion of about 750 soldiers has been authorized to deploy to the Middle East after hundreds of Shiite militiamen and protesters attempted to storm the embassy Tuesday. The protesters trashed a reception area and smashed windows in one of the worst attacks on a US diplomatic mission in years.
From his Mar-a-Lago resort, President Trump blamed Iran for the attack and praised the US military for responding quickly.
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