Trump warns Iran against US attack on Iraq

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran or allied militias in Tehran were planning a “sneaky” attack on US targets in Iraq and warned that such an act would pay a high price, without giving details.

Speaking via Twitter, the US president said that there were reports that Iran or its allies were preparing “a sneak attack on American troops and / or American resources in Iraq. If that happens, Iran will pay a very, very high price.”

It is not immediately known what information Donald Trump was referring to. He published the message after a scheduled meeting with representatives of the intelligence services.

A US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that there is information to suggest that a potential Iranian-supported attack in Iraq will be carried out so that Tehran can deny involvement, unlike the strikes on January 8 in response to the assassination a few days earlier of General Qassem Soleimani.

He added that information about a possible attack by Iran or allied militias has been accumulating for some time. The official did not provide information on specific targets or the timing of a potential attack.

Before Donald Trump spoke on Twitter, a senior military adviser to the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Washington against any “provocative action” in Iraq, Iranian news agencies reported.

The United States accuses Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah of last month carrying out an attack on an Iraqi military base that killed two members of the United States military, among others. The US Army carried out reprisal strikes.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased since Donald Trump decided in May 2018 to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The Trump administration has since expanded economic sanctions against Iran in an effort to wipe out its crude exports.

Earlier Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said the United States had missed an historic opportunity to lift sanctions against his country in the context of the coronavirus epidemic.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted that Washington could consider easing the sanctions on Iran, but did not mention concrete measures.

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