Protesters storm US embassy in Baghdad after Iraq airstrikes

Dozens of protesters on Tuesday stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad after the U.S. launched airstrikes on the Iran-backed militia in the country over the weekend.

The protesters smashed a main door to the embassy and set a fire in the reception area, leading to disposal of tear gas and gunfire, The Associated Press reported. 

An AP reporter on the scene reported that flames were rising inside the compound, and at least three U.S. soldiers were on the roof of the main building. 

The attack, described by the AP as one of the worst embassy attacks in recent history, came after the U.S. launched airstrikes that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia Kataib Hizbollah. The Defense Department had said the strikes were in response to an alleged attack by the group that killed a U.S. citizen.

This developing report will be updated.

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