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Iraq

Trump's White House warns Iran of US retaliation if more attacks occur

By Rudaw 12/9/2018
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washoington, D.C., on September 10, 2018. Photo: Nicholas Kamm | AFP
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washoington, D.C., on September 10, 2018. Photo: Nicholas Kamm | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — US President Donald Trump won't hesitate to answer if Iran or its proxies injure Americans in Iraq or damage US facilities.

"America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives," read a statement released on Tuesday by White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders.

Six artillery rounds were fired at the US Embassy in Iraq in the Green Zone in Baghdad on Friday. The coalition told Rudaw in an interview the barrage was "misguided," while "three of them hit an open lot and three didn't hit anything." 

"Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons," added Sanders.

Washington did not indicate the retaliatory measures it was willing to take. Several key Iran-backed militia leaders are vying for influence in the next Iraqi government, including Asaib Ahl al-Haq's Qais al-Khazali.

"The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage for United States Government facilities," said Sanders.

The US State Department reiterated that "Iran remains a bad actor in the region and in Iraq," in a press conference on Tuesday with spokesperson Heather Nauert.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched seven missiles at a joint coordination center belonging to Iranian Kurdish parties in Koya, killing 17 and injuring 46.


Nauert echoed the condemnation by US Vice President Mike Pence of the Koya attacks in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.


"It’s obviously a clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and Iraq’s rights. Iran continues to be a bad actor in the region, and we continue to support Iraq’s sovereignty. We expect Iran to fully respect the sovereignty of Iraq and other regional states and to stop this destabilizing behavior," added Nauert.

Five Iranian Kurdish parties in opposition to the regime were targeted in the missile attack.

“Today the whole world saw how Iran treated with these centers of corruption," Tasnim news agency quoted Iranian Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Mohammed Hossein Baqeri as saying on Tuesday.

He said under the UN Charter, Tehran has the right to defend itself.

“Enemies should be aware that if such plots continue, Iran’s Armed Forces will not keep silent,” added Baqeri.

Armed Kurdish political parties intensified attacks against IRGC positions this year. They have vowed to push deeper into their villages, towns, and cities. The Kurdish groups seeks greater political, cultural, and minority rights in the Islamic Republic. 

A second round of US sanctions targeting Iran's energy sector is set to go into effect in November, further crippling Tehran's fragile economy. 

 

Comments

 
V | 12/9/2018
That's precisely what happens when you don't act against such despicable regimes. Not even a week since the heinous attack on Kurds before they attack an American embassy
Dang | 12/9/2018
Yeah, and how many people in Rudaws comment section warned you with "today attack on Kurds (your allies) tomorrow American interests directly"? What the F did you think would happen when you don't respond an enemy attack? Kurds couldn't (for obvouse reasons) but you're supose to be a super power! The same rockets will also rain down on Israel soon, so keep issuing empty words
SAM | 12/9/2018
Who cares
Prince | 12/9/2018
Saw an interview with an American analyst the other day in Washington and his argument for not answering the Iranian attack on Koya a few days ago was a fantasy in lines of "it would strengthen the popularity of the regime now the economy in Iran is failing". Couldn't stop laughing because it dawned on me that the American Iranian (lobbies) in Washington have fooled the entire American establishment. The Iranian regime will not fall by "popular uprising" even if the economy gets a 100 times worse, not now and not in 20 years. Oh and by the way expect more attacks on both you and your allies in the region.
FAUthman | 12/9/2018
If Ameri cant control his own militia then forget about a Sadr/Ameri coalition as a possible credible future for Iraq! One by one the choices for a government in Baghdad are evaporating!
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