Trump warns Iran over missile attack on US embassy in Iraq
Trump warns Iran over U.S. embassy attack in Baghdad | U.S.-Iran relations | WION News
President said he will hold Iran accountable if at least one American is killed
President Donald Trump issued a sharp warning to Iran after rocket attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
Sunday’s 21-rocket attack, which killed at least one Iraqi civilian and damaged the embassy complex, was the largest such attack on the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone in a decade. She is believed to be related to Iran..
«Our embassy in Baghdad was hit by several rockets on Sunday. Three rockets failed to fire. Guess where they come from – from Iran. Now we hear talk of new attacks against Americans in Iraq», – tweeted Trump.
«Friendly Medical Advice to Iran: If even one American dies, I will hold Iran accountable. Think about it», – he added.
Iran-backed militias were initially reported to have fired eight rockets at the International Zone in Baghdad, where the US Embassy is located. To repel the attack, the anti-missile defense system of the diplomatic mission was activated.
However, a review of the situation by US Central Command revealed that many more missiles were used during the attack, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to the newspaper, about half of the 21 missiles fell on the territory of the US embassy..
The missiles are believed to have come from Iran, but the head of Central Command, General Frank Mackenzie, said it was not known whether the attack was planned by Tehran or Iranian-linked forces. No faction claimed responsibility for the attack.
«I do not know to what extent Iran is complicit, – McKenzie told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. – We are not aiming for war, and I really do not believe that they are aiming for it.».
In a statement released Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iranian-backed militias, while the Iraqi president called the attack «terrorist act».
The attack came shortly before the anniversary of the US drone strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani – elite Iranian military unit commander «Al-quds». Soleimani and several other Iranian military personnel were killed on January 3 while en route to Baghdad airport..
Tehran responded with missile strike at Iraqi airbase hosting US troops.
US officials expressed concern that Iran or its henchmen may take other steps in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani on the eve of the anniversary of these events, and earlier this month, some of the staff of the embassy in Baghdad were recalled.
In a show of military force, the Pentagon announced earlier this week that a cruise missile submarine had passed through the Strait of Hormuz. This was one of the rare cases of disclosure of the movements of one of the American nuclear submarines..
In addition, last week American B-52H bombers took off from Louisiana and flew over the Persian Gulf..