(Great Power War) As readers likely know already, the U.S. struck Iran-linked targets in Syria and Iraq earlier this week in response to the death of an American military contractor last month thanks to a rocket attack from militants tied to Tehran.
Today, Iran-linked militants in Baghdad besieged the U.S. Embassy there and set some buildings on fire but did not actually breach the inner sectors of compound to endanger the lives of soldiers, diplomats, and workers.
President Trump was clear in his response to the Embassy assault:
Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2019
Tensions have been increasing in Iraq for months. Iran has been working to influence the political and foreign policy direction of the entire region, including its neighbor and one-time enemy, undermining what remaining influence the United States has there after occupying much of the country for a decade.
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