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Pompeo Warns Iraq US to Take ‘Self-Defence’ Actions to Protect Its Bases

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a phone call with Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi warned that Washington will take more actions to defend coalition troops in the Middle Eastern country, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a readout on Monday.
“Secretary Pompeo reiterated that the Government of Iraq must defend Coalition personnel supporting the Iraqi government’s efforts to defeat ISIS,” Ortagus said, in reference to the Daesh* terror group. “Secretary Pompeo noted that America will not tolerate attacks and threats to American lives and will take additional action as necessary in self-defence.”

Ortagus noted that the phone call took place on Sunday.

The spokesperson added that Pompeo also stressed that those responsible for these attacks must be held accountable.

On Wednesday evening, more than 15 small missiles were fired at Iraq's Camp Taji base, where US-led coalition forces are stationed. Three servicemen were killed, and another 12 were injured. Tahsin Khafaji, spokesman for Iraq's Joint Operations Command, said on Thursday that Iraqi troops were also affected by the shelling. On Saturday, the base was shelled again.

On Thursday night, US aircraft struck five advanced conventional weapons storage facilities in Iraq that belong to the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah. The United States blames the militia for a rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq that killed two US servicemen and a Briton on 11 March.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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