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Iraq suffering in the crossfire of US-Iran conflict

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31.12.2019

Opinion |

The “precision defensive strikes” by the United States at five targets of Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia in Iraq and Syria on Sunday night can be seen as a new vector of Washington’s “maximum pressure” approach to Tehran. The Pentagon statement said that the strikes aimed at degrading the Iranian proxy group’s “ability to conduct future strikes” against US bases in Iraq.

The immediate provocation was a recent attack on a US base near the northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk which resulted in the death of one American military contractor and injured four US military personnel.

However, the Pentagon statement made it clear that Sunday’s strikes (by F-15 Strike Eagle fighter planes) carried a message for the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which comes directly under Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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On the one hand, the statement described the US strike as “exercising the right of self-defense” while on the other hand, it rebuked Iran for supporting the Iraqi militia group and gently warned Tehran and its proxy group that any further attacks on US targets by the militia would trigger “additional defensive actions by US forces” — meaning, retaliation.

The US Defence Secretary Mark Esper later disclosed that he had discussed with President Trump “other options........

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