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Shafaq News/ The American Associated Press reported that the United States warned Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani of "serious consequences" unless Iraq takes action to prevent attacks on American forces and installations on Iraqi soil.
The American report, translated by Shafaq News Agency, indicated: Until the escalation of the war between Israel and Hamas forced Baghdad to move in a balanced manner, a situation that is becoming more difficult with time, pointing to the fall of a missile on the American embassy building last Friday, which constitutes an additional escalation that Iraqi officials are trying to contain to prevent the repercussions of the war in the Middle East.
After the report pointed out that Iran enjoys great influence in Iraq through the forces supported by it and which brought Sudanese to power, it also pointed out that Baghdad relies heavily on exemptions from sanctions from Washington in order to be able to obtain electricity from Iran, adding that Iraq's foreign reserves have been held in the US Federal Reserve since the invasion in 2003, giving Americans significant control over its access to dollars.
The report stated that Al-Sudani's predecessors also walked a delicate line between Tehran and Washington, but the war between Israel and Hamas greatly increased the risks.
After the report indicated that American forces in Iraq and Syria were subjected to 91 attacks since the war between Israel and Hamas began, it said that militias supported by Iran, calling themselves the “Islamic Resistance in Iraq,” say that their attacks are in response to the United States’ support for Israel and are also targeting Military presence in Iraq and Syria.
While the report said that Al-Sudani condemned the attacks targeting American forces and ordered the prosecution of the militias responsible for them, the report explained that Washington sent messages that its patience was running out.
The report stated that after the attack on the US embassy, the Pentagon said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin "made clear (to Al-Sudani) that attacks against US forces must stop."
The report quoted a US official as saying that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told Al-Sudani that Washington expects Iraqi officials to take additional measures to prevent such attacks, and it believes they can do so.
The report also quoted an Iraqi official as saying that CIA Director William Burns warned Al-Sudani during his recent visit to the region of “serious consequences” if Iraq did not move to stop the attacks.
According to two Iraqi officials who refused to reveal their identities, the American agency said that Blinken, during a phone call with Al-Sudani earlier this month, said that the Americans would take matters into their own hands, under the pretext that Baghdad had not done enough to pursue the perpetrators.
Two days later, the report said, an American raid near the city of Kirkuk killed 5 militants.
The report quoted a researcher at the British Chatham House Institute, Renad Mansour, as saying that he believes that Iran is trying to ensure that the attacks remain below the level that might provoke a major American reaction, explaining that “both Iran and Iraq have so far maintained a clear line that in “At the present time, Iraq cannot turn into a playground that can destabilize the Sudanese government,” adding that this is partly due to Iraq’s role in exchanging messages between Washington and Tehran, as Sudanese is sometimes the one who transmits messages between the two countries.
In this context, the report mentioned Al-Sudani’s visit to Tehran, which came a day after Blinken’s visit to Baghdad, indicating that Al-Sudani obtained a clear pledge from the militias not to launch any attacks during Blinken’s visit, which was confirmed by an Iraqi official and a member of the Kataib Hezbollah militia.
Then, the report pointed out that after a week of diplomatic efforts made by Sudanese, the United States extended the exemption from sanctions imposed on Iraq for a period of four months to purchase electricity from Iran.
The report quoted Mansour as saying that Washington used the sanctions waiver “as one of its cards” in economic-focused efforts to pressure Iran and Iraq.
The report continued that, unlike the Lebanese Hezbollah, which is seen as Iran's strongest proxy in the region, the Iraqi militias have so far played only a limited role in the conflict.
The report quoted the official in the Kataib Hezbollah group as saying that at the present time, there are only a limited number of militiamen from Iraq in southern Lebanon, near the northern border of Israel, adding that the Iraqis are working to “manage the battle” side by side with Hezbollah. And Hamas representatives.
According to this official, the Iranian-backed groups in Iraq do not want the conflict to expand throughout the region, but they are ready to respond with force to any attacks.
The report quoted Iyad Al-Anbar, professor of political science at the University of Baghdad, as saying that if Iran and its allies choose to escalate, it is likely that the Sudanese government will not be able to restrain them or prevent repercussions on Iraqi territory, explaining that “for this reason, all Sudanese was able to do is Trying to achieve some calm through statements.”
Translated by: Shafaq News Agency
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