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Trump Warns Iran on US Troops in Iraq  04/02 06:12

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Tehran should 
expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American 
forces or assets in Iraq.

   U.S.-Iran tensions soared following the Jan. 3 Washington-directed strike 
that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani outside Baghdad airport.

   Trump said at an evening White House briefing that his administration has 
received intelligence that Iran is planning a strike, but did not provide 
additional details. Iran has been blamed for an uptick in rocket attacks 
targeting Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops. Three separate attacks in 
the span of a week struck Camp Taji and Basmaya bases, killed three coalition 
servicemen, including two Americans, and injured scores of others. 

   Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted: "Upon information and belief, Iran or its 
proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If 
this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!"

   Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and has steadily reimposed 
U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been eased or lifted under the terms of the 
deal. Last week, the administration slapped new sanctions on 20 Iranian people 
and companies for supporting Shia militia in Iraq held responsible for attacks 
on bases where U.S. forces are located. Currently, there are about 7,500 
coalition troops in Iraq assisting and providing training to their Iraqi 
security counterparts to fight the Islamic State group.  


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