On the afternoon of January 5, more than 70 U.S. cities staged protests against the Trump administration's airstrikes that killed Iran's special forces commander-in-chief, Suleimani, and 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East, escalating U.S.-Iranian tensions.
In the early hours of January 3, two vehicles were blown up and several people were killed near Baghdad International Airport, according to a statement issued by Iraqi security forces.
In New York's Times Square, a large number of protesters reportedly gathered to hold anti-war slogans such as \"No War\" and \"United States withdrawal from Iraq\" to call for the United States to withdraw from Iraq and end the war against Iran.
In Washington, D.C., protesters packed Lafayette Park across from the White House, also carrying signs of "American withdrawal from the Middle East ","No war or sanctions against Iran "and "stop bombing Iraq "and chanting "No peace without justice.”
On the same day, more than 70 cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, staged protests. The demonstrations were sponsored by the U.S. anti-war group ANSWER Alliance, which was formed after the 911 attack.
In the early hours of the morning of January 3, U.S. drone strikes at Iraq's Baghdad International Airport led to an attack that included Iranian special forces commander-in-chief, Qasim al-Kaim. Several people, including Suleimani, died. U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered the attack on Suleimani, the U.S. Department of Defense said.