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Developing: Baghdad Collapsing As U.S. Embassy Allegedly Evacuated Amid Reports Of Gunfire, Casualties [VIDEO]

In a video eerily reminiscent of both the disastrous, chaotic pullouts in Kabul and Saigon, unconfirmed footage suggests major evacuations are taking place in Iraq’s capitol city after the Green Zone was allegedly breached by gunmen.

ZeroHedge was early to the story, reporting:

“Days of pro-Muqtada Sadr protests and unrest have reportedly resulted in Baghdad’s high secure Green Zone being breached Monday, placing international diplomatic missions and foreign embassies under threat.

AFP is reporting that an exchange of gunfire has been observed as dozens or possibly hundreds of supporters riot, with police using riot control measures like water cannons to repel an attack on the Green Zone. There are unconfirmed reports that the sprawling and iconic Iraqi Republican Palace has been forcibly breached with protesters inside.”

Muqtada Sadr is a long-time cleric with huge influence in the region. He had previously tweeted that he would be retiring from politics and closing all of his political institutions trading on his name. The resultant void has since created a power vacuum, with factions now competing for influence and power.

Benny Johnson also used his video podcast to breakdown the story:

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Johnson didn’t hold back his justified anger and frustration. After noting that Biden’s calamitous withdrawal in Afghanistan just last year resulted in the unnecessary and tragic deaths of both U.S. service members and countless former allies in the country, now Biden is presiding over another monumentally embarrassing foreign disaster. Like Afghanistan, America dumped trillions of dollars – not to mention the spilled blood of American patriots – into the region via relief and vast military presence. 

Now all of that is being discarded.

Despite prominent video being circulated on social media and various outlets reporting on the complete breakdown of the Green Zone’s security, the White House released its own statement denying any such evacuations had occurred.

“Reports of an Embassy evacuation are false. Ensuring the safety of US government personnel, US citizens, and the security of our facilities remains our highest priority,” a White House official said in the hours after the security situation unraveled. The official called reports of violent confrontation with police “disturbing” after a curfew for the Iraqi capital went into effect.

“Now is the time for dialogue, not escalated confrontation,” the official said. “We join the call by parties across the Iraqi political spectrum to remain calm, abstain from violence, and resolve their political differences through a peaceful process guided by the Iraqi constitution.”

Hailey Sanibel fiercely loves freedom. She equally detests evil and stupidity, both of which are out of control in the modern world. She is a regular contributor at The Blue State Conservative.

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