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(CNSNews.com) – Turning up the heat on the regime in Tehran again, President Trump tweeted Sunday, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”
“Never threaten the United States again!” he added.
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Trump did not elaborate, but the tweet came after it was reported that a rocket had been fired into the heavily-secured “Green Zone” in Baghdad, home to government departments, parliament, and diplomatic missions.
The Iraqi military said the projectile, believed to be a Katyusha, landed less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy – where all “non-emergency” U.S. government employees were last week ordered to leave amid increased security concerns.
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The last time a rocket landed near a U.S. facility in Iraq – last September, when the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Basra was the apparent target – the administration closed the mission after the White House accused Iran’s “proxies in Iraq” of responsibility.
Sunday’s rocket strike was reported to have originated in a neighborhood of eastern Baghdad that is home to Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias, the Associated Press quoted an Iraqi security official as saying.
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A State Department spokesperson confirmed in an email that a “low-grade rocket” had landed near the U.S. Embassy and Joint Operations Command in the Iraq capital.
“There were no casualties or significant damage; no U.S.-inhabited facility was impacted. We are in close and continuing contact with senior Iraqi officials regarding this incident and investigating the circumstances,” the spokesperson said. “At present there are no claims of responsibility.”
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That was in response to a warning from Rouhani that Trump should not “play with the lion’s tail” and that a war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars.”
Recent weeks have seen tensions rise, as the administration tightened pressure on the regime, designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization and...
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