“We reserve the decisive response.” Washington informs Sudanese of its decision regarding the attacks and identifies two Iraqi factions[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] |Today[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Baghdad today - follow-up
Today, Saturday (December 9, 2023), US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin informed Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani that the United States reserves the right to “decisively respond” to missile attacks targeting military bases and diplomatic missions.
Austin said in a phone call with Al-Sudani, according to a Pentagon statement, “The two groups, Kataib Hezbollah and Harakat al-Nujaba, which are classified as terrorists and supported by Iran, are responsible for most of the attacks against American and coalition forces.”
The minister stressed that “Washington reserves the right to respond decisively” against these groups, pointing out that the attacks launched by “Iranian-backed militias” undermine Iraq’s sovereignty and stability, threaten the safety of Iraqi civilians, and impede the campaign to defeat ISIS, and that these attacks must stop immediately.
The call also touched on the Iraqi government's commitment to protecting diplomats and workers within the framework of the coalition and its facilities, and Austin condemned the attack on the American embassy in Baghdad and the series of attacks on American forces in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks.
Austin welcomed Al-Sudani's statement, which condemned the attack, describing it as a "terrorist" act that endangers the state's internal security.