[size=11]Publication date: 11.12.2023 | 18:47 GMT |[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][/size]
CIA Director William Burns warned Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad al-Sudani of "serious consequences" that Washington would face in Baghdad if it did not take measures to stop attacks on American bases.
The Associated Press quoted an Iraqi official as saying that Burns' warning comes amid increasing attacks on American targets in Iraq. The agency indicated that American forces in Iraq and Syria have been attacked at least 84 times since October 7.
A US official told the Associated Press that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also told Al-Sudani during a phone conversation that Washington expects the Iraqi government to take action to prevent attacks on US targets.
Earlier, Deputy Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah organization, Naim Qassem, said that the attacks on American bases in Iraq and Syria are very important to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
On December 8, the Shafaq News website reported that the American embassy in the Green Zone in central Baghdad, where Iraqi government agencies and foreign diplomatic missions are stationed, was subjected to a missile attack.
According to the website, several missiles were launched on the grounds of the American embassy, explosions were heard, and sirens sounded in the diplomatic mission building.
Agence France-Presse reported that three missiles fired by gunmen fell in the embassy area, and no one was injured as a result of the attack. The US embassy, in a comment to the agency, called on the Iraqi authorities to ensure the protection of diplomatic personnel and military installations of the Western coalition against what it described as terrorists.
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