Recent reports have confirmed that it is Iran who’s responsible for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31, 2019.
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said the attacks were “orchestrated by the Iranian regime,” according to Breitbart — and because of this, many are now speculating that the U.S. could be headed into outright war, Newsweek reports.
“This was orchestrated by the Iranian regime,” Hook said Wednesday, according to Mediaite. “These are the kinds of tactics that they used 40 years ago, they stormed our embassy. And then here we are, 40 years later, and they’re directing these terrorist groups to then attack our embassy.”
The attack was launched by groups of angry protesters in response to U.S. airstrikes conducted last week on leaders of an Iranian-backed terrorist group. An Iran-linked Iraqi official was seen with the militia, according to Fox News, and has been reported to have led pro Iran militia in Iraq.
The attack on the embassy was a terrifying situation for the Americans working there. Fires were set and rocks hurled at the embassy while protesters promised death to the Americans when they got inside.
The attack prompted President Donald Trump to dispatch hundreds of U.S. Marines to ensure the defense of the embassy, according to Al Jazeera.
With the situation under control, the attention of the president has now turned to the guilty parties, according to CNBC.
Addressing the situation on Tuesday, Trump said: “Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible.”
Rumblings of war
Trump saying that Iran will be held “fully responsible” for their actions has some speculating that the situation could quickly escalate into a full-blown war. To add to the rumors, Iran has made it clear that they will not comply with U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Following the attack, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran will not “bow to the pressures exerted by the superpowers, especially the U.S.,” according to Breitbart.
The issue for Iran is they present a threat to the United States and the rest of the world. State-sponsored terrorism is not taken lightly, even if memories of 9/11 have begun to fade.
However, Trump responded to questions as to whether the confrontation will lead to war on Tuesday, telling reporters: “I want to have peace. I like peace… And Iran should want to have peace more than anybody. So I don’t see that happening.”