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Iran denies role in US embassy violence, warns against retaliation

Outraged Iraqi protesters pose for a photo with US Embassy plaque as they storm the US Embassy in Baghdad, protesting Washington's attacks on armed battalions belong to Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi forces on December 31, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]
Outraged Iraqi protesters pose for a photo with US Embassy plaque as they storm the US Embassy in Baghdad, protesting Washington's attacks on armed battalions belong to Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi forces on December 31, 2019 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu Agency]

Iran denied it was behind violent protests at the US embassy in Iraq yesterday and warned against any retaliation, after President Donald Trump blamed Tehran for an attack on the mission and said it would be held responsible, reported Reuters.

"American officials have the astounding audacity of attributing to Iran the protests of the Iraqi people against (Washington's) savage killing of at least 25 Iraqis …," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement carried on a ministry website.

Protesters led by Iranian-backed militias voiced their anger over US air strikes on militia bases in Iraq and Syria, hurled stones and torched a security post at the US Embassy in Baghdad.

"Mousavi denied the American officials' charges against our country, cautioned against any ill-advised reaction or miscalculation by U.S. officials, and called on the White House to reconsider its destructive policies in the region," the statement said.

Read: After air strikes, US officials concerned about retaliation and Iran tensions

Earlier yesterday, Trump said in a Twitter post: "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible."

Later Trump tweeted: "Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat."

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