White House: U.S. Will Hold Iran “Accountable” for Attacks by Proxies on American Interests

Following the recent attacks on Kurdish targets as well as American interests in Iraq by Iranian proxies, the White House issued a statement saying that it would hold Iran “accountable” for injuries to American personnel or damage to United States facilities and that it would act “decisively” against such attacks, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday.

Over the weekend, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired ballistic missiles at targets in Iranian Kurdistan and in Erbil of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq killing at least a dozen people. In reaction to the attacks, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence condemned them as an Iranian “effort to threaten and destabilize its closest neighbor.”

On Friday, mortars hit the green-zone in Baghdad, which is described as an “ultra-secure” installation that houses both Iraqi government offices as well as the U.S. embassy to Iraq.

Iraqi authorities said that no one was reported injured in the mortar attack.

On Saturday, unidentified attackers fired Katyusha rockets at the airport of the southern Iraqi city of Basra, which houses the U.S. consulate there.

Citing the two attacks, the White House statement blamed Iran, “Over the past few days, we have seen life-threatening attacks in Iraq, including on the United States consulate in Basra and against the American embassy compound in Baghdad.  Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.”

The White House statement said that it would hold Iran “accountable” for any attack that harmed U.S. personnel or property, adding that in the case of such damage, “America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives.”

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