President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the US will hold Iran responsible if any American is killed.
Trump’s warning comes only days after the US embassy in Baghdad was hit by multiple rockets.
“Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets,” the US President wrote on Twitter.
“Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq…” Trump added.
According to reports, the rocket hit the US embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which hosts government buildings and foreign embassies.
Three rockets landed in the zone, and one hit a residential area near the US embassy.
“Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over,” Trump warned.
After the US President’s tweet, US Central Command said in a statement that the attack “was almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed rogue militia group.”
The statement added: “caused no US injuries or casualties, the attack did damage buildings in the US embassy compound, and was clearly NOT intended to avoid casualties.”
“These groups are Iranian-backed because Iran provides both material support and direction. They are rogue because they are actually acting on behalf of Iranian interests and direction in a direct betrayal of Iraqi sovereignty,” the statement continued.
“It is important for the people of Iraq to understand that past attacks by the Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Groups have killed more Iraqi civilians and members of the Iraqi Security Forces than they have killed Americans. The United States will hold Iran accountable for the deaths of any Americans that result from the work of these Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Groups.”
Trump’s warning comes amid uncertainty on what will happen next to US-Iran relations after Joe Biden is inaugurated in January.
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