By Danny C. | DCPeriodical | 01/01/20 |
Following the escalating tensions between Iran and the US over various attacks in Iraq — the US air strikes of Iraqi bases belonging to the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah fighters and the subsequent stormings of the US Embassy in Baghdad — Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a number of explosive statements and warnings.
Directly after the first US embassy attack Tuesday, President Trump took to Twitter and hastily blamed the Iranian regime for what transpired, saying they would ‘pay a BIG PRICE!’
Ayatollah Khamenei responded with tweets of his own, one warning that if anyone threatened Iran’s ‘interests, dignity, & glory,’ they would ‘unhesitatingly confront & strike them.’
‘That guy,’ Khomenei also tweeted about Trump, ‘has tweeted that we see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad & we will respond to Iran,’ then added directly to Trump, ‘1st: You can’t do anything. 2nd: If you were logical — which you’re not — you’d see that your crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan…have made nations hate you.”
The Ayatollah’s venomous words didn’t stop there, either.
While speaking today at an event celebrating Iran’s National Nurse Day, the Ayatollah charged that the US only carried out air strikes against the Kata-ib Hezbollah bases because they were angry that the Iraqi Government-sanctioned People’s Mobilization Forces (PMF), of which Kata’ib Hezbollah are members, have been so successful in defeating Daesh (ISIL) in the region — leaving the US with no reason to still have troops in Iraq.
As we reported earlier today, America has plans to send up to 4,000 more troops to the region in the coming days.
“See what they (the Americans) are doing in Iraq and Syria. They are taking vengeance on Hashd al-Shaabi [PMU] for Daesh [ISIL],” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday.–Tehran Times.
Khamenei went on to charge to the massive crowd that ISIL ‘was created and backed by the Americans’ in the first place, and added that ‘the Iranian government, nation and I strongly condemn this malicious act by America.’
Today, again, Iraqi protesters in smaller numbers stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad, but demonstrators reportedly have now dispersed, ending a two-day standoff:
After a second day of tense protests at the American Embassy in Baghdad, thousands of pro-Iranian demonstrators dispersed on Wednesday, ending a siege that had trapped American diplomats in the embassy compound overnight and winding down a potentially explosive crisis for the Trump administration.
The demonstrators had swarmed outside the embassy, chanting “Death to America!” Some tried to scale the compound’s walls and others clambered onto the roof of the reception building they had burned the day before.–NY Times.
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