Listen: Embassy attack testing US and Iraq relationship - burst 01
"And also Iran's role there. This is a culminating point for us. These militias and those who support them like Iran had better take notice. We are now playing hardball as for for Iraqis. Some say the recent events take them back to a darker time there. We started to breathe a little bit better and to live a sense of normalcy. That's it's coming undone now. I'm Carol Hills also today. An Arctic Scuba diver takes us inside an iceberg. The cave environment inside an iceberg is something. That's it's ever changing so the icebergs melting. It's cracking it's moving as you're diving in it. And we chased down a mystery who really lays claim to inventing the Arabic typewriter. Later those stories ahead on the world we begin our coverage for twenty twenty in Iraq and a second day of attempts to storm the US embassy in Baghdad protesters hurled stones and US US forces on the rooftop. Answered with tear-gas no demonstrators were able to breach the compound gates today. The protesters drawn largely from Iranian backed militias eventually really stood down after the militia's leaders told him to stop but a spokesman for the militia said the sit in around the compound will continue until the embassy is closed and the ambassador or is expelled. So let's hear from former ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker served as US ambassador there from two thousand seven to two thousand nine and he later served as ambassador Asadollah to Afghanistan. Now it's a tricky time in Iraq right now. Iraqi citizens are protesting their own government while around backed militias are attacking the US embassy after deadly. The American airstrikes last weekend in Iraq and Syria so I asked Crocker how these dueling protests movements complicate the US diplomatic approach in Iraq the US has diplomatic approach to Iraq. has always been complicated. We just have a few more layers here. We we've seen a sequence of activities now the airstrikes that we launched a few days ago and then of course the response after the funeral yesterday so does it make it more difficult. Oh I think it does. The United States has got to figure out. What's the game plan here? I hope they have one because the attack on the embassy I think was foreseeable That there will be some kind of response after the air raids. Do you think that the US kind of retaliating for the American contractor who was killed in the US retaliation involving Killing Iraqis on Iraqi soil. was that kind of a bridge. Too Far we will see right now. It appears that With the attack on the embassy which of course did not penetrate Jim Disabilities just over the wall. That may be an event that that causes everybody just to push the button near. I am not day to day on our minute minute on this but I understand that we now have Ka Tab Hezbollah and end. Supporters camped out in front of the embassy outside the wall With a catastrophe spokesman Sane were taken this to parliament to get legislation Asian to"