UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump accused Iran of organizing an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq and warned of revenge. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said he was ready to retaliate.
“Iran will bear full responsibility for the claimed lives or damage in any of our institution. They will pay a very high price! This is not a warning, but a threat. Happy New Year!” – Trump wrote on January 1.
The U.S. Embassy in Iraq is, & has been for hours, SAFE! Many of our great Warfighters, together with the most lethal military equipment in the world, was immediately rushed to the site. Thank you to the President & Prime Minister of Iraq for their rapid response upon request….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has declared his determination to strike back.
“We do not seek war, but we strictly protect the interests, dignity and glory of the Iranian nation. If someone threatens us, we will not hesitate to resist this and strike back,” the Iranian leader said.
If the Islamic Republic decides to challenge & fight, it will do so unequivocally. We’re not after wars, but we strongly defend the Iranian nation’s interests, dignity, & glory.
If anyone threatens that, we will unhesitatingly confront & strike them.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 1, 2020
On December 31, several thousand people gathered outside the US Embassy in Baghdad, protesting against US air strikes against a Shiite militia. Protestants broke the gates of the diplomatic mission and burst inside, the BBC said.
The guard post of the US Embassy burned down, the US Marine Corps were sent to the embassy.
Demonstrators shouted phrases: “Death to America”, “No to America”, threw stones and burned US flags.
Iraqi police used tear gas grenades to disperse protesters. By evening, the demonstrators were dispersed, about 50 people went to hospitals due to tear gas.
After the attack on the embassy, US authorities intend to immediately send about 750 soldiers to the region, said Pentagon chief Mark Esper.
According to a Pentagon report, “defensive strikes” were inflicted on three positions in Iraq and two in Syria. The targets of the attacks were weapons depots, as well as checkpoints that the militia group used to attack coalition forces.
The US authorities called it a retaliatory measure against a missile attack on an Iraqi base near Kirkuk, which killed an American contractor and injured four American troops.
US airstrikes violated the sovereignty of the country and could prompt Baghdad to reconsider relations with Washington, said Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
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