On Tuesday, Iran received a warning from the United States regarding the violence attributed to Tehran-allied militias in Iraq. The White House warned that it will hold Iran accountable for any such attacks resulting in damage to US facilities or injures to American personnel.
A statement from the Press Secretary of the White House said, “The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States Government facilities. America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives.”
The statement also accused Iran of not preventing the US Consulate in the recent attacks, saying, “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.
Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.”
Since the US President Donald Trump took over the White House in early 2017, Iran has been in the sight of Washington, accusing it of seeking to destabilize the Middle East.
Late on Friday, three mortar explosives landed in the Ultra-secure green zone in Baghdad. However, the Iraqi military said that it didn’t cause any damage or casualties.
The Green Zone houses the parliament, government buildings and many foreign embassies, including the US Embassy. The mortar bomb attack in the area war first of its kind in several years.
On Saturday, the US Consulate in Basra, near the airport, was attacked by rockets. However, no casualties or damage was reported.
Last week, the protesters in Basra ransacked and burned down the Iraqi government building out of anger over political corruption. Besides, the Iranian consulate was also torched by demonstrators, shouting condemnation of what many see as Iran’s sway over Iraq’s affairs.