Iran may retaliate if US strikes Syria – official
A senior US official said Iran may retaliate with an attack on the US embassy in Baghdad should the US strike Syria

STRIKES AND RETALIATION. Thousands of Syrians flood across the border into Iraq recently in search of shelter. An intercepted message from Qasem Solimani to Shiite militia tasked them with attacking the US embassy in Baghdad should the US perform a military strike against Syria. © UNHCR/G. Gubaeva

MANILA, Philippines – A senior US official said that Iran “may be planning” retaliation against the US embassy in Baghdad, should the US perform a strike against Syria.

Speaking with CNN, the unnamed senior US official was responding to a report from the Wall Street Journal about the US intercepting an Iranian order to militants.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the intercepted message came from Qasem Solimani, head of Revolutionary Guards’ Qods Force, and went to Iranian-supported Iraqi Shiite milita.

The message reportedly tasks the militants with attacking the embassy “and other American interests in Baghdad” should the US perform a military strike against Syria for the country’s alleged chemical weapons use. The official CNN talked to said that Iran has ” a lot of Shi’a friends” in Iraq willing to attack if needed.

The US State Department did not comment on the report, but added that no additional security actions were being done at present at US diplomatic posts in Iraq. –

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