U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the Iraqi government during his Mideast tour of Israel’s intention to strike targets in Iraqi territories، a well informed political source told Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas.
Moreover، an Iraqi news website (NAS news) quoted the source as saying:” Pompio told Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi، that Israel may at any time bomb targets for militias inside Iraqi territory.”
The source added that Pompeo told Abdul Mahdi that Washington could not stand forever in the face of the Israeli desire to bomb sites inside Iraq belonging to the armed factions fighting in Syria.
"Pompeo conveyed the Israeli view، which says the futility of attacking the headquarters of these factions inside Syria، because they return every time to organize and start from Iraq again."
The source pointed out that "Pompeo conveyed the Israeli view، which says the futility of attacking the headquarters of these factions inside Syria، because they recovered quickly and start from Iraq again."
"The United States is convinced of this Israeli interpretation، but still refuses to allow Tel Aviv to carry out raids inside Iraqi territory،" Pompeo said according to the source.
Pompeo added that "the United States appreciates the consequences of the exposure of any target inside the Iraqi territory to an Israeli attack، regardless of the reason." "Israel may be close to take a decision to attack targets inside Iraqi territory."
The source added "the message conveyed by Pompeo to Abdul Mahdi، preceded by another letter، issued by the US Embassy in Baghdad، and transferred to the leaders of some Iraqi armed factions through intermediaries."
"The message says that if the US embassy in Iraq is bombed، the US military will attack all the headquarters of Iraqi armed factions in Baghdad."
Noteworthy، Pompeo met Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday January 9.