Hadi al-Amiri has been identified as one of the leaders behind the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
“In 2011, both Fox News and the Washington Times noted that then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki brought his transportation minister, al-Amiri, to a meeting at the White House,” Breitbart News reported.
“The Times noted that the White House did not confirm his attendance, but the official was on Iraq’s listed members of its delegation,” the report added.
“Fox News’ Ed Henry questioned White House Press Secretary Jay Carney following the visit about the attendance of al-Amiri at the White House. Carney refused to answer and stating that he would need to investigate the issue,” the report concluded.
Ed Henry, FOX News: When Prime Minister Maliki was here this week there have been reports that a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which U.S. officials say played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
He was here at the White House with Prime Minister Maliki because he’s a transportation minister, yeah, transportation minister —
Jay Carney, WH: Who’s [sic] report is that?
Henry: I believe the Washington Times has reported it. I think others have as well, but I think this is a Washington Times —
Carney: I have to take that question then, I’m not aware of it.
Henry: Can you just answer it later though, whether he was here and whether a background check had been done?
Carney: I’ll check on it for you.
Henry: Okay, thanks.
Dozens of Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday.
They smashed the main door and set fire to a reception area.
Now one hundred U.S. Marines are on their way to defend the embassy, according to the Pentagon.
This is one of the worst attacks on the embassy in recent memory, Associated Press reports.
The militiamen are angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, the report adds.
American guards responded by firing tear gas at the militiamen on embassy grounds.
An American contractor was killed last week, according to President Trump, and they have wounded many others.
“The Pentagon announced 100 Marines will be sent to the US Embassy in Baghdad to bolster security in the wake of an attack where hundreds of pro-Iran militia members stormed the compound, set walls on fire and chanted ‘Death to America!’ in retaliation for American air strikes on Tuesday,” Daily Mail reported.
“American soldiers inside the embassy have fired tear gas, stun grenades and warning shots, wounding 62 of the hundreds of fighters who broke down the gate and set fires within the complex in the Iraqi capital, according to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group for the militias recognized by the Iraqi government,” the report added.
President Donald Trump blamed Iran for planning an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
Trump promises to hold Tehran “fully responsible.”
“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will,” the president wrote on Twitter. “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!” he added.
The attack came after the U.S. conducted airstrikes on Sunday. The airstrikes reportedly killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq. In retaliation, they killed an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base. American officials blamed the attack on the militia.
WATCH: Thousands of Iraqi protesters furious over deadly U.S. airstrikes storm the American Embassy in Baghdad, breaking down doors and setting fires https://t.co/zS7HQXjDyF pic.twitter.com/MO3UnaG06q
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 31, 2019