Crowds of angry Iraqi demonstrators have stormed the American embassy in Baghdad.
Although demonstrators have been unable to gain access into the fortified facility, protesters are still surrounding the embassy, with US officials locked in within the complex.
President Donald Trump  who hailed the authorities  in Baghdad said in one of his tweets that US personnel in Iraq were safe.
“The U.S. Embassy in Iraq is, & has been for hours, SAFE! Many of our great Warfighters, together with the most lethal military equipment in the world, was immediately rushed to the site. Thank you to the President & Prime Minister of Iraq for their rapid response upon request.”
Iraqi officials who have publicly acknowledged that America’s actions violated their sovereignty are urging demonstrators on the streets to  pull back from the embassy building.
Strangely, the US is blaming Iran for the anti-American sentiments that are being expressed in Iraq by protesters.
It is on record that Washington’s recent strikes in the region may have ignited the street protests.
But President Trump warned Tehran of dire consequences, claiming Iranians were allegedly responsible for threats to US interests in the region.
“Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities”, President Trump  declared.
Trump further added, “They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat.”
The President’s outburst is seen as evidence of America’s growing frustration over Iran’s expanding influence.
Iran recently teamed up with Russia to conduct a strategic military exercise that has left Washington livid with rage.
The latest raid by the US may not be unconnected with efforts to sustain  its relevance in the Middle East, which was seriously bruised after it abandoned Kurdish allies and inadvertently encouraged Russia to wield more influence in the region.