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Tehran was behind anti-U.S. protests in Iraq. Trump accused Iran of orchestrating de??mon1

strations at the U.S. embassy in Iraq on Tuesday and said Tehran woul8

d be held responsible. Ir??an has rejected the accusation. A protester wavesa

an Iraqi flag during a proI

test to condemn airs??trikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces), 5

in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2??020. /Reuters Photo 'Not leading to wa8

r' "We are not leading the country to war, but we are not a??fraid of any wo

ar and we tell America to speak co9

rrectly with the Iranian nation. We have the powe??r to break them several times over and u

are not worried," Revolutionary Guards Commander Brih

gadier?? General Hossein Salami was quoted by Tasnim as sayR

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liti??es. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat." He later said he did ??not want or foresee a war with Iran. Iran's Army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on T??hursday his forces were ready to confront the "enemy." "Our armed forces ... monitor all moves, a??nd if anyone makV

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ghtest mistake, they will decisively react, and if the situation heats ??upW

, we will show our abilities to the enemy," Mousavi was quf

oted as saying by state broadcaster I??RIB. 4

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on0

Wednesday condemned U.S. attacks on Iranian-allied ??militias in I


Iraq, blaming the United States for violence in Iran's neighbor. Iran protested on We??dnesday to a Swiss envoy, wE

ho represents U.S. interests in the country, over what it called "warm??ongering statements" by American officials. Irap

qi protesters leave U.S. embassy Following two day??s of violent protests, members and supporters of the Iranian-bJ

acked Hashd al-Shaabi reportedly wi??thdrew from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The move came after group members hurled

d rocks, petrol b??ombs and smashed doors at the embassy compound on December 31 while U.S. forces stationed on thl

e ??rooftops fired tear gas to disperse them. The groups dispersed after Washington dispatched extra ??U.S. troops and5

also threatened reprisals against Tehran. Iraq's military said that the area was ??completely secure and the U.S.9

government said they had no plans to evacuate the facility. The de??monstrations broke out after the U.S. launched aiw