Trump accuses Iran of rocket assault on US embassy in Iraq
An Iraqi policeman is guarding near the US embassy in Baghdad when more police are stationed on the streets the day after several rockets were fired into the Baghdad Green Zone.
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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday blamed Iran for a series of rocket attacks that targeted the US embassy in Iraq, warning of further aggression.
“Our embassy in Baghdad was hit by several rockets on Sunday. Three rockets could not be fired. Guess where they come from: IRAN,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“Some friendly health advice to Iran: If an American is killed, I will hold Iran accountable. Make up your mind,” wrote Trump, adding that “there has been talk of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.”
The president did not reveal any additional details linking Iran to the attack.
More than 20 rockets were fired on Sunday in the heavily fortified Green Zone area in Baghdad, where the US embassy and other official buildings are located.
There were no American injuries or casualties from the incident.
A spokesman for US Central Command, which oversees the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, wrote that Sunday’s missile attack “was almost certainly carried out by an Iran-backed rogue militia group”.
“It is important for the people of Iraq to understand that previous attacks by Iran-backed rogue militia groups have killed more Iraqi civilians and Iraqi security personnel than Americans,” said US Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command. wrote in a statement.
“The United States will hold Iran accountable for the deaths of all Americans as a result of the work of these Iran-backed rogue militia groups,” Urban added.
The Iraqi military said the attack, which slightly damaged some buildings, was carried out by an “outlaw group”.
The latest revelation comes when Trump withheld his signature on the whopping National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA, which is usually passed with strong support from both parties and veto-proof majorities, finances America’s national security portfolio. It was legally signed for nearly six decades in a row.
The passage of the law will at least secure pay increases for soldiers and keep important defense modernization programs going.