Pro-Iran militants in Iraq have laid siege to the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad, vowing to kill everyone inside if they gain entry.
Yet, in the eyes of a liberal media, who are focused on an anti-Trump narrative, Iraqi Shiite militia supporters are shamelessly billed as “Iraqi mourners.”
A tweet from the Iraqi media outlet Rudaw featured a video of those at the embassy.
“Militiaman in military fatigue tells #Rudaw: ‘We will not spare a single employee” inside the U.S. embassy if they breach the building, warning the U.S. administration and President Donald Trump over recent airstrikes,'” the caption reads.
Militiaman in military fatigue tells #Rudaw: "We will not spare a single employee" inside the U.S. embassy if they breach the building, warning the U.S. administration and President Donald Trump over recent airstrikes. pic.twitter.com/UIv5lnBbCF
— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) December 31, 2019
As seen in the clip, there are a number of men in military fatigues running about.
But those chanting “Death to America” are seeing much more favorable treatment in the U.S., as media outlets describe them as “mourners” upset over “deadly American airstrikes.”
Hundreds of Iraqi mourners tried to storm the United States Embassy in Baghdad, shouting “Down, down USA!,” in response to deadly American airstrikes this week that killed 25 fighters https://t.co/jrAtON72eR
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 31, 2019
There was no such confusion among Arab news sources, who reported that “militias loyal to Al-Hashd movement” were around the U.S. Embassy.
#BREAKING: Al-Najbaa Movement #militias demand foreign forces leave Iraq, militias loyal to Al-Hashd movement remain around US embassy in #Baghdad despite army requests to leave https://t.co/KFS69v3wWD pic.twitter.com/9iQpJ4iQb8
— Arab News (@arabnews) December 31, 2019
To be clear, President Trump took to Twitter to explain that the U.S. strike came in response to Iran killing an American contractor.
He also stressed that Iran was “orchestrating” the attack on the U.S. Embassy.
“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,” he tweeted. “Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”
Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
The U.S. carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the strikes coming after a defense contractor was killed in a rocket attack at a military compound, according to Fox News.
A Pentagon spokesperson told the network that U.S. military jet fighters conducted “precision defensive strikes” on five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia.
At least the president isn’t blaming a YouTube video:
Shhh, it was actually a YouTube video…
— Not Sure (@HarryFreeK) December 31, 2019
Still, the media persisted with the “Iraqi mourners” narrative, or “protesters.”
“Iraqi mourners.” And there’s the spin. pic.twitter.com/hSHdeH08Gi
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) December 31, 2019
U.S. ambassador to Iraq and other staff were evacuated from their embassy in #Baghdad for their safety, Iraqi officials said, as thousands of protesters denounce U.S. air strikes https://t.co/vLMPRnsRzX pic.twitter.com/ceKbSI0zGl
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 31, 2019
Protesters attempted to storm the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, scaling the walls and forcing the gates of the compound, as hundreds demonstrated against American airstrikes on an Iran-backed militia group in Iraq. https://t.co/NmlwtIKwkT pic.twitter.com/sKPIqcBYh9
— CNN (@CNN) December 31, 2019
Social media was onto the ruse, as seen in the responses from Twitter… in what may be the best response, one simply asked: “Why does everyone who works at the Times hate America?”
On left, list showing how Iran militias in Iraq have been steadily escalating their attacks on US targets in recent weeks, leading up to today’s attack on US embassy.
On right, story from today in which Twitter says attackers are “Iraqi mourners… after deadly airstrikes” by US pic.twitter.com/h0E5aFFKpv
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) December 31, 2019
“Iraqi mourners”. How about pro-Iranian militants. #NYTimesIsFakeNews
— ??#IAmTheNRA Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) December 31, 2019
“Mourners” they are not. Fix this tweet.
— Mikhael Smits (@mikhaelsmits) December 31, 2019
Why does everyone who works at the Times hate America?
— Toni (@ImLivinginLight) December 31, 2019
who at NY times decided “mourners” would be a good description of Hezbollah supporters storming and lighting our embassy on fire ? better yet, how many people at NY Times agreed that it was a good description and approved it.
— For All Intents and Porpoises (@daveweiss68) December 31, 2019
The new theme among news outlets is now calling them “protesters”.
— Jeff Anderson (@amountainpass) December 31, 2019
Lots of austere religious scholars in that crowd.
— Rusty Halberd (@rusty_halberd) December 31, 2019
Just the media telling you A story, not THE story.
“Why do you keep calling us fake news?”
— Robert Kangel (@TiredGeekDad) December 31, 2019
Don’t you do that when you are in mourning? Maybe you are doing it wrong.
— G™ ? ?️ (@cash_machin) December 31, 2019
“Iranian terrorists” kind of messes up their narrative.
— ? Red Swanson ? (@redandron) December 31, 2019
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