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MEMRI: Al-Jazeera Bashes U.S. Administration’s Response To Iraq Riots

On Wednesday, Al-Jazeera Network reported that the U.S. response to send troops to stop the terrorist riots at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad this week showed that Americans don’t understand the “Iraqis’ anger.”

“It seems that the Americans have difficulty in understanding the driving force behind the Iraqis’ anger,” said the Al Jazeera reporter.

According to a video released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a media watchdog group that monitors Middle East and South Asia reporting, the report bashed President Donald Trump and his administration for breaking a promise to end “useless” wars in the region.

“This is a place where the political instability does not allow for additional tension. According to observers, the decision to deploy additional troops now poses another problem – one that has to do with American interests and the most appropriate ways to protect them,” the reporter explained.

He continued, “Does the damage to these interests – against the background of the events at the embassy – stem from the lack of American troops on the ground, or is it the result of American policies? It seems that the Americans have difficulty understanding the driving force behind the Iraqis’ anger, which manifested itself in front of their embassy in Baghdad. It is as if they do not take into consideration the situation in one of their most important allies in the region.”

The attack began Tuesday when Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH), a known Iran-backed terrorist group, attempted to breech the walls of the embassy and set it ablaze all while shouting “Death to America.” It was a direct response to U.S. “defensive” airstrikes targeting terrorist strongholds in Iraq and Syria carried out on Sunday, according to the Pentagon.

The Trump Administration acted swiftly to stop it sending in nearly 100 U.S. marines to deter the terrorists, and as President Trump put it, it was “The Anti-Benghazi!”

“The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Those KH terrorists are the group the U.S. is holding responsible for a recent attack that killed one American citizen and injured four U.S. service members and two Iraqi Security Forces members. The response to the attacks killed 25 KH terrorists, according to reports.

“The U.S. and its coalition partners fully respect Iraqi sovereignty, and support a strong and independent Iraq. The U.S., however, will not be deterred from exercising its right of self-defense,” Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Monday, following the U.S. airstrikes.

After a visit to Baghdad in May, Pompeo said there’s evidence of “new credible threats” from Iran and it’s proxies in Iraq. That warning came to a boiling point this week.