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US blames Iran for Iraq attacks, threatens to respond ‘decisively’

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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

By AFP   

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.

Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-blames-iran-for-iraq-attacks-threatens-to-respond-decisively/