BAGHDAD 

Iran-backed militias on Wednesday began withdrawing from the compound of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. 

The protesters also dismantled their tents outside the Green Zone in Baghdad on the edge of the Tigris River.

Earlier on Wednesday, in a statement, the Hashd al-Shaabi group, or Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of various anti-Daesh/ISIS militias in Iraq, urged protesters to vacate the premises.

“We call on the crowd in front of the U.S. Embassy to respect the call of the Iraqi government and to withdraw from the area for the protection of state institutions.”

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