Militants backed by Iran have withdrawn from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad following an order from their militia organization. This ends the attack that began Tuesday.
The U.S. defense secretary, Mark Esper, announced that 750 troops would be sent to the region immediately, with more to follow in the next few days.
The Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella group for Shia militias operating in Iraq, issued a statement on Wednesday calling for the withdrawal of the several hundred militiamen who had attacked the embassy on Tuesday.
They took over a reception area of the embassy compound, smashed windows, lit fires on the roof and raised militia flags. They firebombed a second gate to the compound but did not get into the main building. U.S marine guards stood on the embassy roof and fired teargas into the crowd on Wednesday.
After the PMF told the group to disperse, members of a Shia militia ignored the order and stayed.