Iran Warns About American 'Military Moves' In Iraq

Iran Warns About American 'Military Moves' In Iraq

The U.S. has time and again targeted PMU positions, blaming the major anti-terror force for rocket attacks against American troops based in Iraq over the past few months, a charge the popular group has strongly denied.

President Trump on Wednesday suggested that Iran could be planning a "sneak attack" on US troops or assets in Iraq and warned Tehran would pay a "heavy price" if an attack is carried out.

The official said intelligence threads about a potential attack by Iran or Iran-backed forces had been building for some time.

Worsening tensions, a January 3 US drone strike in Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, as well as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who founded Iraq's Shi'ite Kataib Hezbollah militia after the 2003 USA -led invasion of Iraq.

Iran launched a barrage of rockets at two bases earlier this year, causing minor injuries to more than 100 soldiers after the United States killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

The base was targeted by Iran in January, following a U.S. strike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Mousavi said while the United Nations secretary general and the worldwide community are insisting on the need to pull back from hostilities and focus on containing the coronavirus pandemic, the USA moves in Iraq are in contrast to "the official demands of the Iraqi government, parliament, people and create tension".

The United States has deployed Patriot air defence batteries to Iraqi bases to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles, U.S. and Iraqi military sources told AFP Monday (March 30).

"The US objective for the Patriots is to protect its troops that are now at a smaller number of bases", a western diplomat in Baghdad told AFP.

While both the USA and Iran are battling coronavirus, belligerent words haven't been forgotten.

Trump's claim, which follows months of tensions between the United States and Iran, came shortly after the president received an intelligence briefing.

Iraq's Al Hadath news agency has also raised the possibility of a large-scale military operation by American forces against pro-government forces in Iraq.

But Pompeo added that Iran is asking for more money, and since 2012, it sent $16 billion to terrorist proxies in the Middle East.

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