first published on May 7, 2016 by Josh
Rising tensions in the capital of Iraq have lead the U.S. Department of State to request additional Marines to secure the embassy.
As tensions in the city’s green zone continues to rise, an additional twenty-five ‘heavily-armed’ Marines have been called in to reinforce the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The Marines were brought in at the request of the U.S. Department of State, which is in charge of security at the embassy.
Demonstrations in the city have boiled over, and spilled into Baghdad’s “Green-Zone” where the embassy is located in the past few weeks. Demonstrations were expected on Friday, but according to reports in the area, those demonstrations have remained peaceful.
At this time it is unclear where the twenty-five Marines are coming from, and neither the State Department, or Pentagon, have commented to the number of security forces already on site at the embassy.
The Marines could either be part of the F.A.S.T. team at Rhoda, Spain, or Marines from the Special Operations community. It’s also worth noting that the embassy is secured not only by the Marine Security Guard team that was already in place at the embassy, but also a number of foreign nationals operating for the state department on security contracts.