Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may think President Donald Trump has neither the power nor willingness to protect the U.S. Embassy in Iraq from violent Iranian protesters — but recent orders from the Pentagon prove them very wrong.
According to reports, Trump’s Pentagon just ordered at least 100 Marines and two Apache helicopters to aid in quelling the tension around the embassy.
VIDEO: AH-64 Apaches protect @USEmbBaghdad. 🚁“We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens…and to ensure our right of self-defense. We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy.”~@EsperDoD 🇺🇸🇮🇶 pic.twitter.com/amABHBAOcL
— OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III (@OIRSpox) December 31, 2019
That should do the trick.
Khamenei may talk a big talk, but let’s see if he keeps that up when we drop 100 Marines on his doorstep.
Tweets from within the Marines indicate some of the forces are coming from Kuwait.
— SPMAGTF CR CC (@SPMAGTF_CR_CC) December 31, 2019
According to the Marine Corps Times, “all U.S. personnel are secure and there are no plans to evacuate the embassy.”
Trump’s secretary of Defense, Mike Esper, said in a press release that the moves are meant to keep Americans safe and the region protected:
The Department of Defense is working closely with the Department of State to ensure the security of our Embassy and personnel in Baghdad. 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… The United States continues to support the Iraqi people and a free, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq.