Rocket almost hits US Embassy in Baghdad
DONALD Trump threatened Iran with destruction as tensions flared after a rocket almost hit the US Embassy in Baghdad.
The US President tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”
He issued the stark warning on Sunday after a rocket landed less than a mile from the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, further stoking hostility in the region.
Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated in recent weeks after American warships and bombers were ordered to the Middle East to counter an unexplained threat.
The US embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in the northern city of Erbil evacuated non-essential staff this week, following the escalating tensions with Iran.
Trump has also tightened economic sanctions against Iran after accusing the country of threatening US troops and interests.
The US President appeared to have softened his tone in recent days, saying he expects Iran to seek negotiations with his administration.
When asked on Thursday if the US might be on a path to war with Iran, the president answered, “I hope not.”
But he has changed his tune after an apparent rocket attack on the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone.
No casualties were reported, according to officials.
US diplomats have warned commercial jets flying over the Gulf are at a risk of being “misidentified” and shot down as tensions with Iran career towards war.
The worrying warning from officials in Kuwait and the UAE follows a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Notice to all American pilots.
It said all US air carriers and commercial operators flying over the waters of Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman should exercise caution due to “heightened military activities and increased political tension.