Iraq: Sec. Pompeo orders relocation of U.S. consulate in Basra after rocket fire blamed on Iran

Iraq: Sec. Pompeo orders relocation of U.S. consulate in Basra after rocket fire blamed on Iran
Iran-sponsored militia fighters, assembled at Um Jaris in northwestern Iraq, signal their enthusiasm for kicking out the U.S. from Syria. (Image via Islamic Invitation Turkey)

[Ed. – Unlike Iran, the U.S. doesn’t make public accusations without foundation.  If Pompeo is calling Iran out for the attempted rocket attack on our consulate in the southern city of Basra, there is intelligence to back that up. It fits with the threats made in recent months that Iranian proxies in Iraq — the Iran-backed militias, or Hashd al-Shaabi — will attack U.S. targets.]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the closure of a diplomatic mission in Iraq, following rocket launches that he blamed on Iran.

“I have advised the Government of Iran that the United States will hold Iran directly responsible for any harm to Americans or to our diplomatic facilities in Iraq or elsewhere and whether perpetrated by Iranian forces directly or by associated proxy militias,” Pompeo said Friday afternoon.

That statement came on the heels of an announcement that he had ordered the closure of the U.S. Consulate in Basra, a city in southern Iraq. The “temporary relocation” is taking place just weeks after after an Iranian facility in the same city was set ablaze by protesters angry about Iranian influence in the country. Iran-backed forces alleged that the U.S. had orchestrated the incident, raising concerns of an analogous assault on American diplomats.

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