Videos Show Marines and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters Action on US Embassy in Baghdad

Videos Show Marines and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters Action on US Embassy in Baghdad

By Dario Leone
Jan 1 2020
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The Pentagon has released videos showing the military’s response to the Iranian-backed militias’ riot assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad which took place on Dec. 31, 2019.

The Pentagon has released videos showing the military’s response to the Iranian-backed militias’ riot assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad which took place on Dec. 31, 2019.

The first video in this post features U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters from 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct overflights of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The helicopters launched flares as a show of presence while providing additional security and deterrence against protestors.

The second footage is a Forward-Looking Infrared video (FLIR) showing U.S. Marines landing in MV-22B Osprey aircraft at the U.S. Embassy. Approximately 100 Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces Crisis Response — Central Command were deployed to protect the U. S. Embassy in Baghdad, after protesters stormed the embassy gates trying to get inside the perimeter.

Moreover Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Tuesday that the Pentagon is dispatching about 750 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division to the Middle East in response to the attack on the U.S. embassy.

Videos Show Marines and AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopters Action on US Embassy in Baghdad
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. AH-64D “Longbow Apache” Serial No.99-5135, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Iraq, March 2003.

“This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today,” Esper said in a statement, “The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world.”

According to Funker530.com, the hundreds of men attempting to storm the embassy compound are militants of the Iranian-led Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU). They are of the same groups that launched the 30-rocket attack on the K1 military base in Kirkuk, which resulted in the death of a US citizen and wounded four US troops.

The U.S. responded to that rocket attack by precision striking five Iranian proxy militia operation sites in Iraq and Syria. The PMU affiliates attacked the embassy in response to those airstrikes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Bd2YJdb-w

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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