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Pompeo sees ‘real likelihood’ Iran will try to hit US troops

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Iran will probably try to attack American troops after a US strike killed a top Iranian commander.
“We think there is a real likelihood Iran will make a mistake and make a decision to go after some of our forces, military forces in Iraq or soldiers in northeast Syria,” he told Fox News in remarks aired on Sunday.
His comments came as the military advisor to Iran’s supreme leader said there would be a “military” response “against military sites” by Tehran after the US killing of Qasem Soleimani. “It would be a big mistake for Iran to go after them,” Pompeo said.
The US has about 60,000 troops in the region, including around 5,200 in Iraq. Washington ordered thousands more soldiers to the Middle East on Friday after Soleimani’s killing.
“We’re preparing for all kinds of various responses,” including cyber attacks, Pompeo said. “We’ll have to take a look at what we do when the Iraqi leadership and government makes a decision,” Pompeo told Fox when asked whether the US would leave Iraq if the government asks. (AFP)