Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Iraq

800 (1)Source: Associated Press

By BASSEM MROUE and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA

BAGHDAD (AP) — Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery.

The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy. No injuries were reported and no group immediately claimed the Sunday night attack.

Shortly after, President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iran not to threaten the United States or it will face its “official end.”

Last week, the U.S. ordered the evacuation of nonessential diplomatic staff from Iraq amid unspecified threats from Iran and rising tensions across the region. The White House has also sent warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter the alleged Iranian threats.

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Categories: America, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, USA

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  1. From my time in Baghdad I can say that the rockets fired into the so-called ‘green zone’ were usually quite inaccurate. On the other hand when a rocket did hit the American Embassy the Americans would usually keep quiet and not speak about it, unless someone from outside already reported it. It is therefore not known how many rockets actually ‘hit the target’. The ‘green zone’ has quite a lot of empty space in between the government buildings and Embassies.

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