Smoke rises from the reception room of the U.S. embassy that was burned by Pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) -- Military.com
Newly released photos from a Dec. 31 assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq show extensive damage to the compound, with shattered windows, burned rooms and piles of debris scattered throughout the $750 million facility.
The photos, taken by Associated Press photographers, depicted the aftermath of Iran-backed militia members' advance on the diplomatic facility, breaching the fortified "Green Zone" perimeter on Tuesday.
Over the summer, parts of the Green Zone, which houses the embassy, were opened to the public for the first time in 16 years. They were subsequently closed off in October following a week of protests.
The latest demonstrations, which included members of the Iranian-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah (KH) militia, were an apparent retaliation for U.S. airstrikes carried out Dec. 29.