Anti-American protests continued for a second straight day near the US embassy in Iraq on Wednesday, prompting US forces to fire tear gas at one point. However, Reuters reports that protesters have withdrawn after a militia umbrella group told demonstrators to disperse. Meanwhile, US-Iran tensions were rising over the situation. Coverage:
- Banner: Despite leaving, the protesters left their mark by putting up a green banner bearing the name of the umbrella group—the Popular Mobilization Forces—"as if to remove any doubt of who was in charge," says the New York Times.
- Iran responds: On Tuesday, President Trump blamed Iran for fomenting the anti-American protests and promised the nation would pay a "big price." But on Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader dismissed the threat, reports Newsweek. "You can’t do anything," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech in Tehran. "If the Islamic Republic decides to challenge and fight, it will do so unequivocally."