High alert at the US Embassy in Baghdad

After protesters launched a dramatic attempt to storm the compound, the Defense Department announced they will be deploying additional U.S. troops to Iraq immediately.
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We begin with the high alert after the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after protesters launched a dramatic attempt to storm the compound. U.S. Marines firing tear gas at the crowd after the roof of a reception area was ignitedle it was the 1ekd day of a siege that began after U.S. Air strikes on iranian-backed targets in Iraq. This night vision video showing Marines flown in by osprey aircraft from Kuwait. An additional 750 troops being deployed to the Middle East, quote, immediately. ABC news foreign correspondent James Longman leading us off. Reporter: A second day of rage at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Tires burned, fires lit. U.S. Troops shooting tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters. Smoke once again shrouding America's most heavily fortified embassy. With the damage from the violence clear, U.S. Security personnel on high alert, ensuring the crowds don't breach the walls. U.S. Helicopters firing flares to keep the crowd at bay yesterday and overnight. President trump left with no choice but to deploy new reinforcements to the middle East -- about 750 soldiers from 82nd airborne division in ft. Bragg, North Carolina. That's on top of more than 100 Marines already flown in. Well, I think it's been handled very well. The Marines came in. We had some great warriors come in and do a fantastic job. They were there instantaneously. This will never, ever be a Benghazi. Reporter: U.S. Interests defended for now, but their hatred for America runs deep. These are the supporters of kata'ib Hezbollah, a militia group supported by Iran, and which was targeted by U.S. Air strikes over the weekend. The president holding Iran directly responsible for the embassy attack, threatening payback. Kata'ib Hezbollah just one of an army of militia groups with Iranian backing. Tehran's influence and power runs deep in Iraq and across the Middle East. One of the reasons Iraqi security services have been slow to defend their American ally. All right, James Longman is joining us live again tonight. And James, you're learning the situation is improving outside the U.S. Embassy tonight? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, whit. For now, things have calmed, though the embassy does remain on lockdown. But this is part of a bigger picture of increased tensions with Iran. The regime has escalated its hostilities since president trump ripped up the nuclear deal and hiked sanctions. It's a high stakes game that will only intensify over this coming year. Whit? James, thank you. Now, to the wild weather

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