Trump blames Iran for rocket attacks on the US Embassy in Iraq

An Iraqi police officer stands guard near the US embassy in Baghdad as several police forces are deployed in the streets, a day after several rockets were fired into Baghdad’s green zone.

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday accused Iran of a series of rocket attacks aimed at the US Embassy in Iraq and warned of further aggression.

“Our embassy in Baghdad was hit by several rockets on Sunday. Three rockets could not launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“Some friendly health advice for Iran: If an American is killed, I hold Iran accountable. Think about it,” Trump wrote, adding that there was “talk of further attacks on Americans in Iraq.”

The president provided no further details linking Iran to the attack.

On Sunday, more than 20 rockets were fired at the heavily fortified Green Zone compound in Baghdad, where the US Embassy and other official buildings are located.

There were no U.S. injuries or casualties from the incident.

A spokesman for the US Central Command, which oversees the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, wrote that Sunday’s rocket attack was “almost certainly carried out by an Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Group.”

“It is important for the Iraqi people to understand that previous attacks by the Iranian – backed Rogue Militia groups have killed more Iraqi civilians and members of the Iraqi security forces than they have killed Americans,” said U.S. Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US Central Command, wrote in a statement.

“The United States will hold Iran accountable for the deaths of all Americans due to the work of these Iranian-backed Rogue Militsia groups,” Urban added.

The Iraqi military said the attack, which caused minor damage to some of the buildings, was carried out by an “outlaw group”.

The latest revelation came when Trump withheld his signature on the colossal law on national defense authorization to be passed. The NDAA, which typically passes with strong two-party support and veto-proof majority, is financing America’s national security portfolio. It has been signed into law for nearly six consecutive decades.

The passage of the bill at least secures soldier salaries and keeps crucial defense modernization programs going.