PM Netanyahu speaks with Pompeo after Iran-backed attack on US embassy in Baghdad
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the latest events in Iraq, where a mob of Iranian-backed terrorists tried to storm the US embassy in Baghdad, marking the second time they speak in the last three days.
Yesterday, thousands of terrorists rushed through the heavily fortified Green Zone following the funerals for 25 Iranian-backed terrorists eliminated in US airstrikes Sunday in Iraq and Syria, in retaliation for an American defense contractor killed in Iraq Friday.
This morning, the mob of Muslim terrorists drew closer to the single wall separating them and the larger diplomatic compound, setting on fire US flags and the wall of the compound itself while chanting “death to America”.
But by Wednesday evening, the Iraqi government announced that all terror groups had withdrawn from the perimeter of the US embassy following an appeal for calm.
A small group of terrorists however began to set up a camp in front of a nearby hotel.
President Trump tweeted that Iran “will pay a very big price” for any damage or loss of life. “This is not a warning, it is a threat,” he said.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded by saying the US “can’t do a damn thing”.
The US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s alert brigade has been issued orders to deploy rapidly to Kuwait and a Deployment Ready Brigade of 4,000 has been put on notice for imminent deployment, amid rising tensions between Iran and the US.
The US had already flown a rapid response team of Marines into Baghdad to reinforce its embassy after the attack Tuesday.