Iran stretched its muscles into Iraq recently which lead to violence around the US Embassy. A deliberate effort to harm Americans and push us out of the country. Donald Trump has labeled his response “the Anti-Benghazi.”
“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified,” Trump said on Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
The prompt introduction of US Marines (see also, overwhelming force) completely changes the situation. The pro-Iranian militias have dispersed and there is no immediate threat. They are only expected to be stationed there for a few weeks. Any changes in that or additional forces will depend on the locals and Iran.
Here’s some video of the Marines landing at the Baghdad Embassy in case you need to show a Liberal what it looks like to Defend one from radical Islamists.
US Marines landed at the American embassy in Baghdad on December 31, after a day of violent protests carried out by supporters of pro-Iranian militias.