The United States will strike Iran “whenever and wherever we choose”, Sec. Def. Warnings – Dateway

Very close to the events that led to the January 2020 drone strike against the IRGC’s Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, as well as its aftermath, we are now witnessing a series of rapidly escalating attacks between US-Iranian-backed forces in Iraq.

Last Wednesday, the Pentagon confirmed a major attack involving at least ten rockets fired at the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province – where US troops are stationed.

While a US coalition statement last week cited “no significant loss,” AFP subsequently reported the following death related to security threat: “A civilian contractor from the US-led coalition in Iraq died of a heart attack in a rocket attack on the vast Ain al-Assad airbase, according to Iraqi security sources and Western.

Neither the White House nor the Pentagon have definitively identified who they believe was behind the attack, but international reports immediately pointed the finger at Iran via its Iraqi proxy militias. This was especially given the airstrikes ordered by Biden on Iranian militia positions in neighboring Syria days earlier.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd in an interview published on Sunday said all eyes were on Iran. He stressed that the United States is ready to strike back “at a time and place of our choosing”.

When asked about the latest attack, General said, “You can expect that we will always people to account for their actions.” He further explained according to ABC:

And said that as the militia’s main support, Iran “is fully capable of assessing” and drawing its own conclusions about the intentions of the US airstrike.

“What they should get out of this again is that we’re going to defend our troops,” said. “Our response will be considered.”

He further made some interesting statements about a prominent Iranian rival in the Persian Gulf – Saudi Arabia.

“Our president made it clear that we would have a different kind of relationship with the Saudis in the future,” Austin said.

“That doesn’t mean it won’t be a good relationship; I really expect this to be a great relationship, but it will be a little different.

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