Attacks On US In Iraq Meant To Send 'Harsh' Message — Without Spilling Blood

Attacks On US In Iraq Meant To Send 'Harsh' Message — Without Spilling Blood

Andrew H. Sweet

An Arab diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity to Al-Monitor warned that for every day that talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal drag on, Tehran's nuclear program advances. "Iranians are buying valuable time so that they get to the point of no return," the diplomat said.

A commander in Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity explained that these attacks are "sending a harsh message to the Americans while making sure no drop of blood is spilled."

The commander also told Al-monitor that "It's also about setting the scene on the second anniversary of the assassination of Gen. Qasem Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and also a show of power the Iraqis want Iran to use at the negotiating table in Vienna to solidify its posture."

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