[size=36]US Secretary of Defense to Sudanese: We reserve the right to respond[/size]
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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that there are two factions responsible for most attacks against members of the international coalition and that the United States reserves the right to respond decisively against those groups.
The US Department of Defense stated in a statement, "A phone call took place between Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, where they discussed the Iraqi government's commitment to protecting diplomatic personnel, coalition advisors, and its facilities."
Minister Austin condemned the recent attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, as well as the series of attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks.
The US Secretary of Defense welcomed the statement of the Iraqi Prime Minister, who condemned the attack and described it as “terrorist acts that endanger Iraq’s internal security,” stressing that the United States “reserves the right to act in self-defense against those who launch any attack against American personnel.”
He stressed that "the Iranian-backed armed groups, Kataib Hezbollah and Harakat al-Nujaba, both of which are terrorist organizations, are responsible for most attacks against coalition personnel, and that the United States reserves the right to respond decisively against those groups to address threats and attacks against US personnel and coalition forces."
The US Secretary of Defense stressed that "the attacks launched by Iranian-backed factions undermine Iraq's sovereignty and stability, threaten the safety of Iraqi civilians, and impede the campaign to defeat ISIS."
Minister Austin explained that "attacks against American forces must stop."
The phone call witnessed a discussion of the formation of the US-Iraqi Supreme Military Committee, which the two governments agreed upon during the joint security cooperation dialogue between the United States and Iraq in August 2023, which is a consultative mechanism for the transition of the coalition. Ended 29/h