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Mike Pompeo warns Iran against anti-US action in Iraq

Mike Pompeo warns Iran against anti-US action in Iraq
From Al Jazeera - December 3, 2017

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has warned Iran against attacking US "interests" in Iraq, saying the Iranian government will be held responsible for any targeting of US troops.

Pompeo, speaking at the 2017 Reagan National Defense Forum in California on Saturday, said he had sent a cautionary letter to the leader of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Qassem Soleimani.

"I sent it because he had indicated that forces under his control might in fact threaten US interests in Iraq," Pompeo said. "What we were communicating to him was that we will hold him and Iran accountable."

The letter was not opened by Soleimani, according to the chief of staff for Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"Recently, when ... the CIA chief through one of his contacts in the region sent a letter to General Soleimani, he responded by saying, 'I did not either receive or read the letter. I have nothing to tell these people'," Mohammad Mohammadi Golpaygani said.

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