Iraqi politician says country would turn into a battlefield if a war starts between the U.S. & Iran
dpa, Hamburg, Germany
Iraqi Shiite leaders warned on Monday against dragging their country into a possible war between the United States and Iran, a day after a rocket fell near the US embassy in Baghdad.
Prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said he was against fuelling the war between the United States and Iran, as such a scenario would turn Iraq “into a battlefield.”
“We need peace and construction and any party who drags Iraq into war and turn it into a battlefield will be the enemy of the Iraqi people,” he said.
Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militia, warned against “giving pretexts to the war between Iran and the United States.”
“The war will harm Iraq’s political, economic and security status,” he said.
Hadi al-Amiri, leader of Iraqi parliament’s al-Fatah bloc, warned in a statement “if war breaks out, it will burn all.”
On Sunday, a Katyusha rocket fell and exploded in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which is home to the US embassy, causing no casualties.
Shortly after the rocket explosion, US President Donald Trump tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have spiked since Iranian President Hassan Rowhani announced last week that his country would begin partially withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The US announced its withdrawal from the deal last year.
Earlier this week, the US State Department ordered non-essential government staff at the US embassy in Iraq to leave.
On Saturday, the US-based energy company Exxon Mobil evacuated 50 US employees from Iraq and flew them to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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