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Post by RamblerNash on Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:10 am

US newspaper: Attacks on Saudi oil sites launched from Iraq

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28/06/2019 - 22:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US officials have concluded that attacks on Saudi oil facilities last May were launched from southern Iraq rather than Yemen, raising concerns that Iran's allies in the region are trying to open A new front in the conflict between Tehran and Washington.

"The United States quoted its assessment to Iraqi officials in an official memorandum. Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo raised the issue by telephone earlier this month with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, according to people familiar with the discussions," the paper said.

The newspaper said that Pompeo urged Abdul Mahdi to take steps to ensure that Iraq is not used as a new launching pad for attacks.

She said Iraqi leaders questioned the US assessment and asked the Trump administration to get more evidence to support its claims.

The newspaper said US officials want Baghdad to do more to rein in Iran's ally, which has grown significantly after winning the war against a pro-Western organization.

Washington also suspects that Tehran's allies in Iraq were behind a missile strike near the US embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone last month.

The Iraqi army confirmed in a statement the fall of Katyusha rocket in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, near the US embassy, ​​without causing casualties.

Since then, a number of rockets have been fired at various bases and military installations in Iraq, where US personnel are stationed.

"The US assessment shows the magnitude of the challenge facing the Iraqi government amid escalating regional tensions, after the administration of President Donald Trump of the multinational nuclear agreement of 2015 with Iran and the imposition of new sanctions on Tehran."

Baghdad has tried to find a middle ground between Washington and Tehran, but the militias allied with Iran complicate these efforts, according to the newspaper.

However, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi confirmed that the intelligence services in his country did not find any evidence of Iraqi involvement in the attacks on the Saudi facility.

US officials did not discuss the detailed information, but said the drone attacks were more sophisticated than previous attacks by Yemeni forces in Yemen, the newspaper said.

The attacks on May 14 were originally thought to have been launched from Yemen, where the Houthis claimed responsibility for damaging oil facilities in the kingdom.

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/ar/news/iraq/530177
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