U.S. pleased Iraq doing more to protect U.S. embassy -Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the United States was pleased that the Iraqi government was doing more to protect the US embassy in Baghdad from Iranian-backed Shia Muslim militias, but declined to provide an update. day on whether Washington was still considering shutting down. his embassy. “We are pleased that the Iraqis are doing more to provide increased security for our team on the ground,” Pompeo said at a State Department press conference.

Washington, which is slowly reducing its 5,000 troops in Iraq, threatened last month to shut down its embassy unless the Iraqi government sets up Iran-aligned militias that have attacked US interests with rockets and bombs roads. A spokesman for Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, said on Sunday it had suspended rocket attacks against US forces on condition that the Iraqi government presents a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops.

Asked whether the United States viewed the announcement as progress and whether it would still follow through on its threat to close the embassy, ​​Pompeo did not respond specifically but appeared doubtful about the declaration of the ceasefire. militia fire. “We have a group of rogue militias who have now vowed not to violate the sovereignty of the Iraqi people and to target the American diplomats who serve there and who are designed to help the Iraqi people,” he said.

The American warning raised alarm in Iraq, where it was seen as a step towards airstrikes, potentially turning Iraq into a battleground in a proxy war between the United States and Iran. A wide range of politicians have called on the militia to stop provoking Americans.

News Highlights:

  • A spokesperson for Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, said on Sunday it had suspended rocket attacks against US forces on condition that the Iraqi government presents a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops. Asked whether the United States viewed the announcement as progress and whether it would still follow through on its threat to close the embassy, ​​Pompeo did not respond specifically but appeared doubtful about the declaration of the ceasefire. militia fire.
  • US applauds Iraq doing more to protect US embassy – Pompeo
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