"You have won a victory." With those words from the leader of the Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah militia, thousands of the group's supporters finally ended their assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad yesterday. Pledging to park themselves in camps along the opposite bank of the Tigris River, the protesters said they'd instead pressure outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Madhi to pass a law forcing U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq.
Is this crisis over? While the end of the siege means a more dangerous standoff between the U.S. and Iran has been avoided, Tehran has also shown how much power it wields within Iraq.