BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – A senior U.S. diplomat said on Thursday that the Iranian threat to American forces in Iraq is still present.

David Schenker, a senior diplomat for the U.S. State Department on Middle East affairs, stated that the threat of violence from Iranian-backed groups remains ‘significant’.

He added that Washington is cautiously dealing with the ceasefire announced by the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah forces.

David Schenker, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs at the US State Department, praised the previous work of Mustafa al-Kazimi, the head of Iraqi intelligence, who was appointed prime minister on Thursday.

Kazimi, however, has been accused by several Iraqi paramilitary forces of playing a role in the assassination of Quds Force commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani, and Hashd Al-Sha’abi’s Deputy Head, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, on January 3rd in Baghdad.

Following these assassinations, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responded by firing as many as 18 missiles towards the U.S. wing of the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase in the Al-Anbar Governorate.

Since then, tensions between Tehran and Washington have been at a decade-long high, with the U.S. deploying their Patriot air defense system to Iraq in order to confront a possible Iranian-backed attack.

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2020-04-11 03:35

One day, soon, Iran will secretly manufacture and test a dozen nuclear warheads, just like Pakistan did in the late 1990s. That will be the end of days for the zionist-mafia in the Middle East. Just like Pakistan check-mated India, Iran will do the EXACT SAME to the zionist-mafia.

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2020-04-11 07:36

It will be the end of the days for Iran. Pakistan check-mated itself… India is now the 5th biggest economy while Porkistan has not even Bangladesh’s GDP. Oh, BTW, India check-mated Porkistan by helping Bangladesh’s independence. Porkistan lost half its territory in the affair and, in case you wouldn’t know, India never started a single war! Porkistan has ALWAYS been the aggressor in all wars between the two countries. Oh BTW, Porkistan is the #1 killer of Palestinians! In 72 years, IDF killed less of these squatters than Porki AF did during the Black-September events by carpet bombing the refugee… Read more »