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U.S. Special Representative For Iran: Baghdad Embassy Protesters Are "Terrorists" Being "Orchestrated By The Iranian Regime"

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U.S. Special Representative For Iran: Baghdad Embassy Protesters Are "Terrorists" Being "Orchestrated By The Iranian Regime"

Posted By Tim Hains

President Trump's "special representative for Iran" Brian Hook appeared Wednesday morning on CNN's "New Day" to discuss the confrontation between Iraqis protesting recent American airstrikes at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and U.S. security forces which took place earlier this week.

Hook, also a senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, placed blame for the protests on Iran, saying the militia group involved, Kata'ib Hezbollah, were "terrorists" being "orchestrated by the Iranian regime."

"We have seen recent protests in Iraq against the Iranian domination in Baghdad. So we have seen thousands of Iraqis rise up against Iranian domination," Hook said.

"Iran has been running an expansionist foreign policy for some time. President Trump is standing up to that. And the regime is not used to being told no, but for the last three years, we've put in place the kind of sanctions and other deterrent measures that have weakened the regime and weakened its proxies."

Read more: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/01/02/us_special_representative_to_iran_protests_at_us_embassy_in_baghdad_orchestrated_by_the_iranian_regime.html