President Donald Trump took part in some saber-rattling from 30,000 feet, releasing ‘health recommendations’ to Iran and tweeting out pictures of unexploded regulation following an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Trump blasted out the tweet after taking off from Washington for Mar-a-Lago, where he prepares to invest the vacations with family including First Lady Melania Trump and boy Barron.
He referenced the attack on the embassy Sunday, and hinted at a possible military action, not long after banning the National Defense Authorization Act, which offers billions in U.S. military programs, infuriating Democrats and putting some Republicans in a tough area.
President Donald Trump tweeted out images he stated were unexploded rockets he stated were from Iran, and issued a warning to hold the nation responsible if any Americans are eliminated
‘ Our embassy in Baghdad got struck Sunday by numerous rockets. Three rockets failed to launch’ Trump tweeted from aboard Flying force One. ‘Think where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks versus Americans in Iraq … Some friendly health guidance to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Believe it over,’ he composed.
His threat comes amid uncertainty about what will happen to U.S.-Iran relations after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.
Iran blames U.S. ally Israel for the assassination of Iranian nuclear researcher Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran, and Israel is warning Iran versus any potential vengeance attacks.
Biden prefers reentering the Iran nuclear offer that Trump tried to ditch.
The danger is available in Trump’s final month in workplace– a duration critics are alerting could be an unstable duration. Trump is refusing to yield, rallying Republicans to object to the results, banned the massive Defense bill, and threatened not to sign a costs to keep the federal government open and provide coronavirus relief. He also provided pardons to people founded guilty of war crimes and his political allies.
Following Trump’s tweet, U.S. Central Command tweeted out a statement formally blaming a Tehran-backed ‘rogue’ group.
‘ The Dec. 20, 2020 rocket attack on the green zone in Iraq was almost certainly carried out by an Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Group. While this 21 rocket attack caused no U.S. injuries or casualties, the attack did damage buildings in the U.S. Embassy substance, and was clearly NOT intended to prevent casualties,’ according to the statement.
‘ These groups are Iranian-backed because Iran supplies both material assistance and instructions. They are rogue due to the fact that they are actually acting upon behalf of Iranian interests and direction in a direct betrayal of Iraqi sovereignty.’
‘ It is important for individuals of Iraq to comprehend that previous attacks by the Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Groups have eliminated 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,’ according to the statement.
Trump couched his language as ‘friendly health guidance’
Authorities are monitoring any potential actions to mark the anniversary of the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. Here a male holds a banner portraying the late Major-General, head of the elite Quds Force, who was eliminated in a U.S. airstrike Near Baghdad, at the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon January 3, 2020
Protesters, holding placards a picture of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, gather throughout a demonstration versus his killing, close to United States’ consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020
President Donald Trump strolls to board Air Force One prior to departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, December 23, 2020, as they take a trip to Mar-a-lago for Christmas and New Year’s. He tweeted about the attack while en route
Protesters and militia fighters wave Iraqi flags near tear gas thrown by U.S. Embassy security guys, during a protest to condemn air strikes on bases coming from Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2020
Leading U.S. nationwide security officials agreed on Wednesday on a proposed variety of alternatives to present to Trump aimed at hindering any attack on U.S. military or diplomatic workers in Iraq, a senior administration authorities told Reuters.
The conference was stimulated by an attack on Sunday in which rockets landed in Baghdad’s greatly strengthened Green Zone compound targeting the U.S. Embassy and triggering some minor damage, the Iraqi military and the embassy said.
The so-called principals committee group, including acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security consultant Robert O’Brien fulfilled at the White Home, said the official, who requested privacy.
A ‘variety of choices’ would exist soon to Trump, said the official, who would not describe the content of the options or say whether they consisted of military action.
‘ Every one is designed to be non-escalatory and to deter additional attack,’ the authorities stated.
After the conference, Trump, without providing proof, stated on Twitter that the rockets on Sunday were from Iran and ‘we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq.’
‘ Some friendly health recommendations to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over,’ Trump stated.
The Iraqi military blamed Sunday’s attack on an ‘hooligan group.’
Another U.S. official, likewise speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that while no Americans were injured in the attack, it included roughly 21 rockets being fired, including a variety of them striking the compound.
The official said there was increased issue and caution about what Iranian-backed forces may perform in the lead up to the anniversary of a Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike in Iraq that eliminated leading Iranian basic Qassem Soleimani.
U.S. officials blame Iran-backed militia for routine rocket attacks on U.S. centers in Iraq, including near the embassy. No recognized Iran-backed groups have actually declared duty.
The senior administration authorities stated the aim of the White House conference was ‘to establish the right set of alternatives that we could provide to the president to make sure that we hinder the Iranians and Shia militias in Iraq from performing attacks on our personnel.’
A range of militia groups announced in October that they had suspended rocket attacks on U.S. forces on condition that Iraq ´ s government present a schedule for the withdrawal of American soldiers.
However a rocket strike on the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 18 was a clear indication that Iranian-backed militias had chosen to resume attacks on U.S. bases, according to Iraqi security authorities.
Washington, which is slowly reducing its 5,000 soldiers in Iraq, threatened to shut its embassy unless the Iraqi government check Iran-aligned militias. (Reporting By Steve Holland. Additional reporting by Idrees Ali; Modifying by Grant McCool)