- Israel appears to have expanded its fight against Iranian activities into Iraq, risking a major escalation.
- Several ammo depots controlled by Iraqi militias with ties to Iran have mysteriously exploded in recent months, and Israel is believed to be behind at least one of these strikes.
- “It is possible someone will react to these statements, that there will be a price to pay, that there will be a retaliation for this,” a former US ambassador to Iraq told Business Insider. “Any attacks on Americans in Iraq will be laid at the feet of Iran.”
Israel has secretly expanded its operations against Iranian activities in the Middle East into Iraq, risking an escalation that could potentially ignite a conflict between the US and Iran.
Several weapons and ammunition depots controlled by Iraqi militias with ties to Iran have mysteriously come under attack in recent months. At least one of the attacks was carried out by Israel, a US official told The Wall Street Journal Friday. The attack is said to have killed two Iranian commanders.
“Iran has no immunity, anywhere,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, the AP reports. “We will act — and currently are acting — against them, wherever it is necessary.”
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of a collection of local Iraqi militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, warned this week that the US will “ultimately responsible for what happened,” and that they “have no choice but to defend ourselves and our bases with the weapons at our disposal.”
Senior US military officials have noted that there was a risk of retaliation against US forces in the region. “It’s a growing concern for us,” a senior defense official told The Wall Street Journal last year.
With the expansion of Israeli operations into Iraq, the danger could be even greater.
Original story at: Business Insider