Homeland Security Network Blog
The information source for first responders.
US blames Iran for Iraq attacks, threatens to respond ‘decisively’
Washington says it will hold Tehran accountable for attacks by Iran-backed militias after unknown assailants launch rockets at Baghdad green zone, Basra airport amid unrest
The Times of Israel
WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday warned it would hold Iran accountable for any violence attributed to Tehran-allied militias in Iraq that results in damage to US facilities or injures American personnel.
“Over the past few days, we have seen life-threatening attacks in Iraq, including on the United States consulate in Basra and against the American embassy compound in Baghdad,” the White House said in a statement.
“Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.”
Three mortar shells hit late Friday the ultra-secure green zone in Baghdad, which houses Iraqi authorities and the US Embassy.
The rare attack — whose perpetrators remain unidentified — did not cause casualties or damage, according to Iraqi officials.