[size=36]Washington is preparing for the worst in Baghdad, fearing a repeat of the hostage crisis[/size]
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One thing confirmed by the severity of the American statements and the threats of President Donald Trump towards Iran and the Iraqi government, after an attempt to storm the crowd factions and their supporters the United States embassy in Baghdad, is that Washington will not allow in any way to repeat the American hostage crisis in Tehran 40 years ago, as well You will not wait for American deaths, as happened in Benghazi in 2012, but the demonstrators gathered and easily entered the Green Zone, which is banned from civilians and the assistance of a number of their security forces trained by the United States, also reveals how America has had limited influence on the Iraqi government. Created after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein 's regime in 2003
rejected the ghosts of the past
The speed and strength of the American response to the attempt to storm the largest embassy of the United States in the world reflected the deep concern that the American administration felt, in the words of a senior White House official to American newspapers. The incident and the slogans raised by the demonstrators from the popular crowd such as "Death to America" And “America’s Great Satan” is a bitter memories the Americans lived 40 years ago, when Iranian students stormed the American embassy in Tehran at the end of 1979 and detained 52 diplomats and an American citizen for 444 days, which did not hurt the American national dignity, and caused Jimmy Carter to lose a seat The presidency the following year.
Fears also rose in the American capital that matters in the embassy would deteriorate quickly, as happened in Benghazi, Libya, when the American mission there was attacked, killing the American ambassador and three other Americans, an incident that shocked public opinion in the United States, and was one of the reasons for accusing Trump His former rival, Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State, failed to protect her diplomats.
For this reason, in addition to the escalation of American-Iranian tension to its highest levels, and President Trump's desire to reach his goal by forcing Iran to submit to and request negotiation, his threat was clear that Iran will bear responsibility for any loss of life or facilities and will pay a heavy price, stressing that this is a threat and not A warning.
Be prepared against a possible siege
The square seemed, last night, to prepare for a long siege that leaves little room for maneuver in the United States, after the protesters prepared tents for their accommodations around the American embassy in preparation for another round of escalation, and threatened them not to leave the place until after the embassy was closed and the American diplomats and forces outside Iraq were withdrawn.
However, the Pentagon’s rush to send about 100 Marines Rapid Intervention Forces from Kuwait, the flight of two American Apache planes over the embassy, the announcement of the immediate dispatch of 750 additional soldiers to the Middle East to work in the Central Command’s area of operations, and the confirmation of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper alert To send thousands of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division from North Carolina to the Middle East, it was seen as a decisive sign that the United States would not tolerate any hostile behavior from Iran and its proxies in the region.
Watch for caution
While Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on the demonstrators from the popular crowd and their supporters to stay away from the embassy vicinity, Washington hopes that the diplomatic efforts and hot contacts made by senior American officials in the Iraqi government and the strengthening of Iraqi security in the embassy area are sufficient to end the crisis, but an administration official The US has made clear to CNN that the situation is complex and the administration hopes for calm to return, but it is prepared for all possibilities and is closely monitoring the situation.
It is not known how many American officials are inside the fortified embassy, which is located on an area of 100 acres, equivalent to the area of the Vatican, but estimates suggest that the number will range between 300 to 352 Americans, according to American press sources.
Despite the tension, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in an interview with Fox News that there are no plans to evacuate the embassy or withdraw American forces from Iraq, and that the American ambassador, Matthew Toller, is expected to return. He was on a two-week vacation to the embassy headquarters in Baghdad quickly, which indicates the confidence of the United States in controlling the situation, restoring calm and exercising its role in Iraq.
More than ten years ago, the celebration of the opening of the American embassy in Baghdad witnessed a sensation due to its being the largest and most fortified in the world, which was considered an indication of the extent of American influence and influence in the new Iraq, but the ease with which the demonstrators reached the embassy building, smashing armored doors and smashing glass. The bullet-proof and setting fire to one of the reception rooms revealed how the United States had little influence on the Iraqi government it established in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Observers in Washington indicate that the security forces trained by the Americans allowed the anti-American demonstrators to pass through the green zone that civilians are not allowed to enter, and that the security forces mixed with the crowds and joined some of them, after video clips showed a number of forces assisting the crowd's employees to storm the The American Embassy.
The American newspaper "Washington Post" considered that the attempt to storm the embassy clearly shows the fragility of the American presence in Iraq, despite the billions of dollars that the United States has spent in this country and the investments that have been wasted for 17 years.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy considered in his tweet that Trump is the reason for what is happening, because he made America impotent in the Middle East, no one fears it and no one listens to it, he said.
As Democratic Senator Tim Caen said, President Trump's misconduct made Americans less safe.
The future of American presence
While the American "The Hill" website asked about the shape and future of the American presence in Iraq after the end of the last confrontation between Iran and the United States in the framework of the agency wars, political experts in Washington said that it is not clear whether the United States will be able to restore its military and diplomatic presence in Baghdad without entering into a major confrontation with the factions surrounding the embassy.
Douglas Suleiman, a former US ambassador to Iraq, indicated that Tehran intends to take advantage of the current situation, as Iraqi factions are trying to take advantage of the current situation to confirm that US military air strikes against Hezbollah brigades in response to the killing of an American military contractor, was an overreaction. In it and inappropriate. Ended 6/29 n