Donald Trump warns Iran is planning a 'sneak attack' on U.S

Donald Trump warns Iran is planning a 'sneak attack' on U.S

Donald Trump warns Iran is planning a 'sneak attack' on U.S

According to the Washington Post, "Iran-backed militias are becoming more audacious in attacking USA personnel in Iraq, with rocket strikes on military bases occurring more frequently and, for the first time, in broad daylight".

Donald Trump warned Iran on Wednesday of a "heavy price" if it or its allies in Iraq attack United States troops stationed there.

"If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!" the president wrote.

In a tweet posted on his account Tuesday, former Chief-Commander of the IRGC Major-General Mohsen Rezaei compared a possible United States attack to an assault by ISIS.

Iranian proxy militia groups have targeted USA troops housed in several Iraqi bases.

Earlier this month, at least two American soldiers were killed in a rocket attack on a base in Iraq.

In response, the US conducted strikes against pro-Iranian militia Kata'ib Hezbollah's weapons storage sites in Iraq.

Tensions between the USA and Iran have peaked this year, most recently with US airstrikes last month that targeted Iranian-backed militia facilities after Iran launched an attack on an American base in Iraq, and do not appear to be simmering. There were also media reports about preparations of a U.S. attack on Iran's Shiite militia proxies that have been accused of carrying out a series of rocket attacks on Iraqi bases hosting foreign troops in recent months.

On Monday, the alliance pulled out of a military base in the northern city of Mosul, the fourth location it has withdrawn from this month.

"The moving defensive systems into Iraq to protect Iraqi, coalition, and U.S. service members from a variety of air threats seen at Iraqi bases that host coalition troops", Pentagon spokesperson Sean Robertson said.

U.S. coalition officials have said the ultimate aim is to continue the US's support for Iraqi forces battling extremist groups like the Islamic State (IS) group, but "from fewer bases and with fewer people".

Another battery was deployed to a base in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), an autonomous region in Iraq. At the same time, however, the coalition will remain in the country at the invitation of the Iraqi government and will continue to advise and train local security forces.

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