Trump Warns Iran on US Troops in Iraq 04/02 06:12
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Tehran should
expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American
forces or assets in Iraq.
U.S.-Iran tensions soared following the Jan. 3 Washington-directed strike
that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani outside Baghdad airport.
Trump said at an evening White House briefing that his administration has
received intelligence that Iran is planning a strike, but did not provide
additional details. Iran has been blamed for an uptick in rocket attacks
targeting Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops. Three separate attacks in
the span of a week struck Camp Taji and Basmaya bases, killed three coalition
servicemen, including two Americans, and injured scores of others.
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted: "Upon information and belief, Iran or its
proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If
this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!"
Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and has steadily reimposed
U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been eased or lifted under the terms of the
deal. Last week, the administration slapped new sanctions on 20 Iranian people
and companies for supporting Shia militia in Iraq held responsible for attacks
on bases where U.S. forces are located. Currently, there are about 7,500
coalition troops in Iraq assisting and providing training to their Iraqi
security counterparts to fight the Islamic State group.