"As for the activity today with respect to Iraq, we've been in their country, we've been supporting Iraqi sovereignty, we've been continuing to take down the terrorist threat against the Iraqi people", Pompeo told Fox News Sunday. Iran has promised "harsh revenge" for the US attack, while Trump has vowed on Twitter that the USA will strike back at 52 targets "VERY FAST AND VERY HARD".
Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and senior IRGC generals have vowed revenge against the USA, as have Iran's allied militia operating in the Middle East. "Certainly, actions will be taken".
Those tensions are also now being felt in Canada with a group representing Islamic Americans reporting that dozens of Iranians and Iranian-Americans were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch border crossing linking British Columbia to Washington State. They're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? One U.S. official told Axios that kicking out U.S. forces "would be inconvenient for us, but it would be catastrophic for Iraq" and its security.
Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One late Sunday, said going into the Middle East was the worst decision the USA has ever made, and that it had spent billions of dollars building a military base in the country.
He said that Iraq, a USA ally, would be treated like foe Iran, whose economy has been devastated by US-led sanctions, if the troops were made to exit on unfavorable terms.
Meanwhile, retired army officer Sir Simon Vincent Mayall warned on Radio 4's Today programme that British troops serving in the Middle East could "possibly" be killed in retaliation attacks on U.S. soldiers. The Middle East nation said it has to "settle a score with the U.S." and that it would no longer abide by limits on its enrichment of uranium.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is preparing to assemble key ministers to discuss the spiralling crisis in the Middle East.
But Sajjan's press secretary, Todd Lane, would not say whether contingency plans are in the works for getting Canadian military personnel out of Iraq should the situation there deteriorate further. "It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame", he said.
Concerns have mounted that should the US strike Iranian cultural sites, that would be a war crime under global law. "That is, a big (ly) "no no".
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