nearvideo trump blames Iran for Baghdad Embassy, a violation, says regime will be held “fully responsible”
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President Trump warned Iran that the country will “pay a very high PRICE!” after the break-in at the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday.
“In Iran the full responsibility for the lives lost or damages at our locations,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. “You pay a very high PRICE! This is not a warning, it is a threat. Happy New Year!”
Trump has accused Iran for the Embassy of the violation, in which dozens of Iraqi Shiite militias and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy, resulting in a door and setting fire to a Desk in one of the worst attacks on the Embassy in the last few years.
There were no reports of casualties. The State Department said that all American personnel were safe and that there are no plans to evacuate the Embassy. The government planned to send more troops to protect the site.
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A U.S. defense official told Fox News, which had been sent 100 Marines to the Embassy to strengthen security. A U.S. Apache attack helicopters also flew over the message and dropped flares in a show of force, tried to disperse the crowd. The Minister of defense Mark Esper, later confirmed, that additional troops be sent, as the military has recordings of force released to deploy to Kuwait.
The injury was followed by the US air strikes on Sunday killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. military said the strikes were base in retaliation for the last week of the killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military that the US put the blame on the militia.
“Iran killed an American contractor and many injured. We reacted strongly, and always will be. Now Iran, the mastermind of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. You will have the full responsibility. In addition, we expect that Iraq notified its troops to protect the Embassy, and so!” Trump tweeted earlier on Tuesday from his estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
Trump, who is spending the holiday week at his home in Florida, is in “close contact” and receive regular updates from his national security team, said White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham. She echoed the sentiment included in the trump’s tweet earlier Tuesday.
“As the President said, Iran is the orchestration of this attack, and said the full responsibility,” Grisham in an E-Mail statement. “It is up to the President how and when we will respond to your escalation.”
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The developments also provide a strong downturn in the Iraq-U.S. relations could further undermine the U.S. influence in the region and the American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.
Iraq has long struggled to balance its relations with the United States and Iran, both allies of the Iraqi government. But to prevent the government’s angry reaction to the U.S. airstrikes and its apparent decision that the protesters from reaching the Embassy, a significant deterioration of the US-Iraq relations signaled.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.