Iran denies involvement in Baghdad protest

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Tehran denied being behind the violent protest outside the US Embassy in Iraq on Tuesday and warned that it could retaliate after US President Donald Trump has tried l Iran responsible for the unrest and possible victims.

Several thousand people denouncing the US strikes against an Iraqi Shiite militia on Sunday gathered in front of the US embassy in Baghdad and were prevented from entering the compound with tear gas and stun grenades.

“The American representatives have the astonishing audacity to attribute to Iran the demonstrations of the Iraqi people against the brutal assassination of at least 25 Iraqis (…),” said the spokesman for the Iranian ministry. Foreign Minister Abbas Mousavi calling on “the White House to review its destructive policy in the region”.

Earlier today, Donald Trump accused Iran of “orchestrating an attack” on the US embassy in Baghdad and added that Tehran would be held responsible.

The American president then declared, again via Twitter, that Iran would pay a “very heavy price” for the victims and the damage caused against American installations. “It is not a warning, it is a threat,” he added.

Questioned in the evening by journalists at his Florida residence in Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump said he did not want a war with Iran.

“I like peace,” he said. “And Iran should want peace more than anyone else. So I don’t see” a war is going on, the White House tenant continued.

The US State Department announced that diplomatic staff from the embassy in Baghdad were safe inside the building and that there were no plans to evacuate.

In a statement, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the United States would send additional troops to support embassy personnel, without specifying their numbers.

He then said that about 750 additional soldiers were deployed to the Middle East and that additional troops were ready to deploy in the coming days.


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