No embassy evacuation despite Iraq unrest, WH says
The White House called for calm on Monday amid reports of violent clashes with security forces in Iraq which left at least 15 protesters killed, but said there are currently no plans to evacuate the U.S. embassy.
The protests began after Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shiite cleric, announced Monday he would resign from Iraqi politics. The news prompted hundreds of his angry supporters to storm the government palace. Ensuing clashes with security forces left at least five protesters dead, according to The Associated Press.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson told NewsNation that reports...