US Defence Secretary Mark Esper stated that Washington would respond and take pre-emptive action to protect personnel in Iraq.

“He [US President Donald Trump] is committed to defending our interests, our personnel, our friends in the region and of course standing up to Iran and deterring Iranian bad behaviour. We will either respond or take pre-preemptive action as necessary to make sure that we defend those interests”, Esper told the TV channel Fox.

He continued on by saying that Washington expects more attacks from “Iran-backed” groups and that they will “regret it”.

“The provocative behaviour has been out there for months… So do I think they may do something? Yes. And they will likely regret it. We are prepared to exercise self-defence, and we are prepared to deter further bad behaviour from these groups, all of which are sponsored, directed and resourced by Iran”, Esper told reporters.

He added that the Pentagon would continue to beef up its forces in the region to protect “diplomats or American citizens or military personnel”.

“At the same time I know Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo is working aggressively to talk to our allies and partners whether they are in the immediate region or beyond to build political support for what we are doing”, Esper said.

Esper also called on the international community to condemn Iran’s behaviour and help the United States with its maximum pressure campaign.

Hashd al-Shabi, also known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces, said that its supporters attacked the US Embassy in Baghdad after dozens of its fighters were murdered in the US strikes. They torched the fence, forcing US guards to take cover. The United States stated that it would send extra troops to Baghdad.

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The Iraqi president and prime minister condemned the embassy siege, in which a part of the fence was set alight. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said no one was hurt and that there were no plans to evacuate the staff. The Pentagon has dispatched marines to ensure the diplomats’ safety.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on 31 December dismissed the “empty” accusations coming out of Washington about Tehran allegedly orchestrating the attacks on the US Embassy in Iraq. The ministry also called on Washington to reject its “destructive policies” in the Middle East.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Tony B.
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How in h**l’s name do you take “preemptive action” as a “response” to something?
Someone send the Pentagon a dictionary so those morons can discover the meanings of words, the lying sacks of s**t. Just an echo of the long time Israeli lies.

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This is sociopathic mentality where they’re always the victim even when they’re obviously the aggressor. It’s psychological gaslighting on the national level.

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The Iranian regime started it all by invading US embassy in 1979 and holding the personnel as hostages for 444 days. This was already a casus belli since this was an invasion of US territory…
It’s psychological gaslighting on the international level that the mullahs pose as victims of USA while they declared a war on USA… Remember when Hellbollah bombed US Blue-Helmets’ barracks in Beirut, killing 243 Marines, then when they bombed US embassy in Beirut, Kuwait-City, etc? The pity is that US militaries were blocked to retaliate directly on Iran, as international law allows them to do!

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It seems the US only uses preemptive action they happen to be about eight thousand miles from the continental US. Of course “Empires” own the whole world..

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Easy : when you know that an attack is being prepared against you, you simply attack first, just like Israel did in 1967. This is perfectly codified in the Hague convention. You don’t need to end under attack to defend yourself, period. Moreover, the attacks by proxies are a de facto declaration of war, and Hellbollah attacked many times the US militaries and diplomatic missions too… What is unthinkable is US restraint towards the Iranian regime!

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To Iranian High Command.
2020 is an election year. Thank you for doing your part to re-elect Donald Trump!
Please remind Allah to thank Soleimani for his contribution.
The Trump campaign thanks you again for your generosity.
Peace be with you, but more contributions are welcomed.

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Pre-emptive? What a load of Trumpshit. First they murder a person, then tell the family they will attack them if they retaliate. Who does this sound like? We will bomb Syria and attack their defenses if they defend themselves. Where are the Trumpets? Here is your f*****g saviour and his Israeli buddies and the c**p they are capable of. I tire of the Trump fighting the deep state BS and that is what it is…bullshit. Trump did not have to do this, this is Nutsack style tactics. I don’t know why I am surprised, this is the standard c**p we… Read more »

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Joris Joseph van Zweden

Another loony from washington, the persians are not going to threat they will take revenge miseable clown

Daeshbags-Sux
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Don’t mistake the illegitimate Iranian regime that came to power with a coup against the revolution and the Iranian people. 80% of Iranians want to hang the regime to the 1st streetlight, others are getting profits from being accomplice with the opium-smoking dictator. If you want to read from a lunatic, I recommand Khamenei’s Twitter account : his posts prove that this bloke is totally insane.
The best place for such religious fanatics is not this world they actually want to destroy, it’s their allah’s paradise which is located 6 feet under the cemetery.