August 14, 20202 Min Read
President Trump asserted on Twitter Wednesday that Iran was plotting a “sneak assault” on US troops or amenities in Iraq — together with the bottom that was hit in a previous missile strike after the USA killed a high Iranian navy chief.
“Upon data and perception, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak assault on U.S. troops and/or belongings in Iraq. If this occurs, Iran can pay a really heavy value, certainly!” Trump wrote.
The tweet adopted the revelation that the US had deployed Patriot air-defense techniques to an Iraqi navy base as a precaution towards Iranian-backed militia assaults, the web site Center East Eye reported, citing US and Iraqi navy sources.
One battery was deployed to the Ain al-Asad base final week and was being assembled, in line with the report.
The bottom was focused by Iran in January, following a US strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whom the Washington accused of plotting terrorist operations.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Trump’s tweet got here as each nations have been struggling to comprise the coronavirus outbreak.
Iran has 47,593 circumstances and three,036 deaths so far.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned late final month that Iran had rejected gives of US assist to fight the pandemic.
Pompeo additionally condemned Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for promulgating conspiracy theories that the USA was accountable for the outbreak, and identified Iran’s personal misdeeds that he claimed exacerbated the unfold of the virus.
“The U.S. has provided $100M+ in medical assist to different nations—together with Iran—and our scientists are working 24/7 to develop a vaccine. @khamenei_ir has rejected American gives and spends 24/7 concocting conspiracy theories. How does that assist the Iranian individuals?” Pompeo tweeted, referring to Khamenei.
US-Iranian relations have been bitter for the reason that Islamic Revolution toppled the US-backed shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, in 1979 and ushered in an period of theocratic rule.
Whereas there was a detente with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, relations have deteriorated with Trump’s choice practically two years in the past to desert that multilateral settlement and to reimpose US sanctions, which have have severely crippled the Iranian financial system.