Secretary Pompeo asserted that "Iran is the origin of the current threat to Americans in Iraq. It is to blame for the attacks against our mission in Basra and our embassy in Baghdad. Our intelligence in this regard is solid. We can see the hand of the Ayatollah and his henchmen supporting these attacks on the U.S.". Arguing that "these latest destablising acts in Iraq are attempts by the Iranian regime to push back our efforts to constrain its malign behaviour", Pompeo went on to say that "we must be prepared for them to continue their attempts to hit back, especially after our full sanctions are re-imposed on the fourth of November".
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