[Published here January 2, 2020]
Baghdad (AFP) – The US embassy siege by pro-Iran protesters in Baghdad lasted just over a day, but analysts warn it could have lasting implications for Iraq’s complex security sector and diplomatic ties.
I spoke to BBC Newshour on January 1 about the latest developments outside the US embassy, where a mob of Iraqi supporters of the Hashed al-Shaabi military force burned American flags, broke through a security office and scribbled pro-Iran messages on the embassy’s outer walls before camping out for the night.
Give it a listen here.
[Published here May 25, 2014]
SYRIAN EMBASSY, Yarzeh — Hundreds of thousands of Syrians today headed to the Syrian embassy in Yarzeh, southeast of Beirut, to cast their vote for Syria’s next president. The Hazmieh highway was clogged with cars as early as 8 a.m.; drivers waved the Syrian flag out of cars plastered with posters of Syrian president and incumbent candidate Bashar al-Assad. But chaos at the embassy and a disorganized voting process complicated many Syrians’ attempts to vote.