Trump Threatens ‘Heavy Price’ If Iran Attacks U.S. Troops

Alex Wayne

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump warned Iran against what he said was a possible “sneak attack” the Islamic Republic was planning against U.S. troops in Iraq.

Trump indicated in a tweet that the U.S. had “information” about a possible attack but didn’t elaborate. He said Iran would pay a “very heavy price” if there’s an attack.

Tensions have soared this year between Washington and Tehran after a top Iranian general was killed by American forces at the start of the year, prompting a missile barrage on an Iraqi base used by American forces. There have since been strikes in Iraq by Iranian proxy groups, and the U.S. has seized shipments of allegedly Iranian weapons bound for Yemen.

More recently, Iran and some other countries have called on the U.S. to ease sanctions to allow for faster importation of humanitarian goods needed to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, which has hit Iran particularly hard. The U.S. argues that its sanctions already allow for the importation of critical goods.

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