US to send forces to safeguard embassy in Baghdad — minister

WASHINGTON, The United States is going to dispatch additional forces to back the American security personnel tasked with protecting the embassy in Baghdad, US Secretary Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday.

This came after the attack targeted the US embassy in Baghdad as US President Donald Trump blamed Iran for the incident.

“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy,” Esper wrote on his Twitter account.

“As in all countries, we rely on host nation forces to assist in the protection of our personnel in country, and we call on the Gov’t of Iraq to fulfill its international responsibilities to do so. The US continues to support the Iraqi people and a free, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq,” he added.

He noted that the Department of Defense is working closely with the State Department to ensure the security of our embassy and personnel in Baghdad.

Earlier in the day, Trump held Iran accountable for the assault on the embassy, vowing that Tehran would take full responsibility for this attack.

Source: Kuwait News Agency