The siege at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad ended on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 1, after two days, Fox News reported.
The statement by Iraq’s military command followed a call earlier in the day from the Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella group for its supporters to withdraw from the compound.
The crisis started early on Tuesday, Dec. 31, after the group attacked the compound, prompting U.S. authorities to deploy hundreds of more troops to the region.
The crowds chanted “Death to America!” and set fires as they smashed windows and sprayed graffiti on the embassy’s wall. Many of them carried flags of the Kataib Hizbullah, or Hezbollah Brigades, a paramilitary group supported by Iran, according to American Military News.
Some 100 U.S. Marines arrived at the embassy late Tuesday to bolster security as President Trump responded to the protest, vowing the situation in Baghdad “will not be a Benghazi.”
The violence prompted U.S. troops protecting the facility to fire tear gas to try and disperse the crowds, who had camped out overnight.
As the militiamen cleared the area, smoke still rose from a section of the compound building where hours before they had lit a fire on the roof.
The umbrella group, which is made up of mainly Shiite militia members, had been one of the lead organizers of the angry protests at the American facility in response to U.S. airstrikes on Dec. 29 that killed at least 25 members of an Iran-backed terrorist group.
After the initial mob attack on the facility on Dec. 31, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said 750 additional troops would be sent to the Middle East and more in the coming days.
“The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world,” Esper said in a statement.
Despite the threats, Trump later told journalists he does not want, or foresee, war with Iran.
“Do I want to? No. I want to have peace. I like peace. And Iran should want to have peace more than anybody. So I don’t see that happening,” he told reporters as he visited the resort he owns in Florida.