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Monday، 20 May 2019 12:46 AM

Iraqis will support US against Iran, if war erupted - political analysts

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Most of Iraqi citizens and political blocs will support US against Iran, in case a conflict erupted between the two countries, political analysts told The Baghdad Post on Sunday.

In response to US President Donald Trump’s tweet that was posted on his Twitter account Sunday: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!,” a political analyst replied to him saying: "Most of Iraqi people  will support you to finish the terrorist Mullah Regime in Iran.”

 

The analyst explained that Iraqis are fed up with all the terrorist militias supported by Iran, who are turning their lives into hell.

“All Iraqis suffer from this criminal regime. We all stand with United States,” he added.

Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) have caused Iraqis so much trouble, due to their terrorist acts, that have made their daily no better than ISIS era.

There are about 30 militias in Iraq with at least 125,000 active-duty fighters and varying loyalties. Many have worked in tandem with the Iraqi military in fighting ISIS terrorist group, and all report to the prime minister’s office, who all are controlled by Iran, receiving orders from the terrorist IRGC directly.

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U.S. sanctions are limiting Iran's ability to fund Hezbollah – report

Hezbollah The latest wave of US sanctions has significantly curbed Iran’s ability to fund Hezbollah, The Washington Post reported on Saturday. 

The Lebanese terrorist group has traditionally been the best funded Islamic Republic’s proxy, with its fighters and affiliates benefiting from salaries and social services paid for by Tehran.

However, speaking to several Hezbollah officials, the Washington-based newspaper revealed how the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration after the US pulled out from the 2015 nuclear deal a year ago had had a deep impact on the funding. 

According to the report, while maintaining expenses that are considered essential – such as salaries to full-time fighters and stipends to families of the militants who died in Syria, where Hezbollah militias have been instrumental in keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power – other programs have been slashed or canceled. These programs include extra benefits to militants and their families and the distribution of free medicines and groceries. Moreover, fighters have been pulled out from Syria or assigned to the reserves.

“There is no doubt these sanctions have had a negative impact,” a Hezbollah official told The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. “But ultimately, sanctions are a component of war, and we are going to confront them in this context.”

The report highlighted that the Hezbollah sources would not reveal any figures of the funding received by Tehran before or after the sanctions, but that according to US Special Envoy Brian Hook, Iran used to send the Lebanese group up to $700 million a year, accounting for 70% of their revenue. It added that the Trump administration has stated that sanctions have decreased Iranian revenue by $10 billion since last November.

“The Iranians are used to sanctions. But this level of sanctions will generate a different response. The Iranians will not be quiet about it,” Kamal Wazne, a Beirut-based political analyst told The Washington Post. The newspaper described him as an analyst holding opinions “sympathetic to the Iranian and Hezbollah point of view.” 

“[The sanctions] are a form of war more detrimental than actual war… It’s the slow death of a country, the government and its people,” Wazne added, explaining that Iran will be forced to retaliate.

However, the Hezbollah officials who spoke to the American newspaper said that the current financial predicaments are not affecting the group’s ability to fight in the different battlefields, including against Israel.

“We are still getting arms from Iran. We are still ready to confront Israel. Our role in Iraq and Syria remains. There is no person in Hezbollah who left because they didn’t get their salary, and the social services have not stopped,” the official told The Washington Post, adding that “sanctions won’t last forever,” and they will be “victorious” in the war against Israel as they have been in Syria and Iraq.
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Trump warns Iran: If it wants to fight it is the end

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US President Donald Trump pledged that Iran's start of fighting with the United States would mark the end of the Islamic Republic, warning of the repercussions of the US threat.
"If Iran wants to fight, it will officially end," Trump said in a tweet published on Sunday evening on his official Twitter account.
Relations between the United States and Iran have been strained since Trump took power in January 2017. The White House has repeatedly accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest supporter of terrorism and a destabilizing force in the Middle East.

 

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Trump warns Iran against threatening the United States again

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump has vowed that Iran's start of war with the United States would mark the end of the Islamic Republic, warning of the consequences of the US threat. 
"If Iran wants to fight, it will officially end, do not threaten the United States again," Trump said in a tweet published on Sunday at his official Twitter account. 
Relations between the United States and Iran have been strained since Trump took power in January 2017. The White House has repeatedly accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest supporter of terrorism and a destabilizing force in the Middle East.
The US president announced on May 8, 2018, his country's withdrawal from the agreement on Iran's nuclear program and later imposed a series of harsh sanctions on the Islamic Republic, in addition to the classification of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards terrorist organization, the step by Tehran to include US forces in the Middle East on the Iranian terrorism list . 
In a dramatic escalation of tensions, the Pentagon directed a group of warships led by the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier with a number of B-52 tactical bombers to the Gulf region in early May because of "confirmed information" about threats By Iran toward US military and their allies in the Middle East.
Despite the continued escalation between the United States and Iran, several indications from the White House in recent days that Trump does not want to engage in direct military conflict with the Islamic Republic, amid news of a major dispute in the administration of the President on how to deal with this issue, Especially under the insistence of the National Security Adviser, John Bolton, to adopt a more aggressive approach with Tehran. 
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Fox News reports a missile has landed less than a mile from the U S embassy in the green zone! Not hard to figure out who launched it either!! I would load those B-52’s  with a couple of A bombs and turn Iran into a sea of glass!! I don’t want our troops In another ground war with those sorry miserable bastards! Especially when we don’t have to!JMHO 

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Somebody it pushing Iran and Saudi towards a war!
AND by Default the US as Well.
Who could that be? Iran's leaders themselves? 
The Deep state cabal has funded Iran and it's terrorist organizations even "Our" x President acting on behalf of the CABAL sent them plane loads of cash...Used for terror ... not the welfare of the citizens of Persia!
Go Deeper
Every action of the Cabal Now and through the ages has received it's directions from the dark throne of Lucifer. 
The Father of Lies
The author of hate
A murder from the beginning
The Church and Synagogues shootings and murders around the world..blood sacrifices to him...
But that is not enough ...War... now that excites the perverted minds of Hell and empowers the darkside.
Guard against it. If it occurs may it be swift and crush the operations of the Cabal and free those under it's influence.
It is the season of the boomerang ...

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Top House Republican backs Trump on Iran; Iraqi militias were told to prepare for proxy war

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Top House Republican backs Trump on Iran; Iraqi militias were told to prepare for proxy war
Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during an interview with Kurdistan 24. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
 

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas) is the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and on Thursday, he explained to Kurdistan 24 his support for President Donald Trump’s tough position on Iran.

Asked about relations between the White House and Congress on the issue, McCaul replied, “Very good.” He had been briefed on the issue, and the White House sees Iran, “particularly, as of late, as a specific threat.”

McCaul further explained that the information prompting the US military deployments to the Persian Gulf came from human intelligence, USA Today reported on Friday.

Specifically, Qasim Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), told Iran’s militia proxies in Iraq, as well as Lebanese Hizbollah, to be prepared for a confrontation with the US, McCaul said.

Indeed, on Sunday, a rocket was fired into Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to Iraqi government offices, as well as foreign diplomatic missions, including the US embassy.

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No Question that the Iranian backed militias will need to be dealt with before Iraq can become independent...and international...

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No Question that the Iranian backed militias will need to be dealt with before Iraq can become independent...and international...

 

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Sadr warns of the end of Iraq in the war between America and Iran

Political | 01:12 - 20/05/2019

 
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The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr on Monday warned of the consequences of a US-Iranian war on Iraq. 
"I'm not fueling the war between Iran and America, and I'm not putting Iraq in this war and making it a battlefield for the Iran-US conflict," Sadr said in a tweet posted on his official Twitter account. 
"We need a serious stand by the senior people to keep Iraq out of this vicious war that will eat the green and the land and make it a pillar," he said. "We need the Iraqi people to raise their voice condemning the war and blaming Iraq with war." 
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Al-Asaib: The war between Iran and America will damage Iraq politically, economically and security

Political | 08:41 - 20/05/2019

 
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The 
leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq movement, Sheikh Qais al-Khazali, said on Monday that if war broke out between Washington and Tehran, it would harm Iraq politically, economically and securityly. 
"The supposed war is not in the interest of Iran or America, but it is in the interest of Israel, for excellence and for ideological reasons," Khazali said in a tweet to him on his Twitter page read by Mawazine News. 
"We warn against the confusion of papers that are intended to find the pretexts of war and are intended to damage Iraq's political, economic and security situation," he said. 
This warned the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, the outbreak of war between America and Iran and to make Iraq an arena or a starting point for it.

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The Presidency of the Republic is considering a paper with the leaders of the blocs on the American-Iranian escalation

Political | 09:05 - 20/05/2019

 
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revealed informed sources in the Presidency of the Republic, on Monday, that the Presidency of the Republic is considering a paper with the leaders of political blocs and leaders on the US-Iranian escalation. 
The sources said that "the presidencies and leaders and leaders of the Iraqi political blocs studying paper during a meeting with President Barham Saleh prepared from the presidency, with the aim of emerging a unified vision by everyone about the escalation of US - Iran is unprecedented now." 
She added that "President Saleh met during the recent leaders of the blocs and the Iraqi leaders as well as the main ministers and parliament and discussed with them how to get a unified position on what is happening in the region," indicating that "Saleh hosted a meeting of these leaders yesterday evening."

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Spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic clarifies the fact of the Iraqi mediation of the crisis between America and Iran

Political | 09:07 - 20/05/2019

 
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Spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic, Luqman al-Faily, on Monday, the fact of Iraqi mediation of the crisis between America and Iran. 
"There is no Iraqi mediation between Tehran and Washington so far, as the American and Iranian sides have not asked for such mediation, but there is an Iraqi effort to ease the tension because we are concerned with this conflict and its repercussions on us," Faily said in a press statement. Region in general ". 
On the content of the talks held by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Iraq recently, especially his meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih, the spokesman said that "Pompeo stressed that his country does not want war with Iran, but they have accurate information on the existence of a real threat to their interests Iraq, and demanded the protection of these interests, including the embassy. "
"At a time when they do not want an escalation with Iran, they are clear about how to deal with events with all seriousness and not just words," he said.

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Faily reveals the goal of the meeting of the President of the Republic political leaders yesterday

Political | 09:09 - 20/05/2019

 
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Revealed spokesman for the presidency of the Republic, Luqman Faily, on Monday, the goal of the meeting of President Barham Saleh political leaders yesterday. 
"The purpose of the meeting of the Iraqi presidencies and leaders is to emphasize the importance of preserving the internal fabric of Iraq to external events and not affected by them outside the context of national interest, which must be the origin," said Faily. 
He added that "the external political discourse of Iraq must be unified by all, in the sense that the speech of the state and not each party or faction or his own speech because this would generate confusion in how to deal with the world at the level of foreign policy so that we have a doctrine Political or Iraqi unity. "
Al-Faily explained that "dealing with other countries regardless of the degree of our relationship to them or a dimension should be launched in accordance with the principle of a constant speech of the State before any speech to any other party because we are at the heart of this conflict now in the region because of the presence of Americans and Iranians in Iraq, We have a relationship with the parties as well as we are on the line of contact between them. "

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Fatah: No one wants war and the Iraqis should not be a fire

Political | 09:56 - 20/05/2019

 
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The head of the Fatah alliance Hadi al-Amiri, on Monday, that Iran and America do not want war and that the party that pays is the Israeli entity, urging the Iraqis not to be a fire of this war. 
"The national, religious and historical responsibility requires everyone to remove the specter of war from Iraq first and from the whole region secondly, because the war, if it ignites, will not burn everyone," Amiri said in a statement received by Mawazine News. 
"Everyone who tries to ignite the war from Iraq is either ignorant or grounded, because all the parties to the war do not want war. The Islamic Republic does not want war. The United States wants war, and it only pays the war to the Zionist entity. Nara for this war "

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2019/05/20 13:49
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They are sincere: 4 beneficiaries of the possible future war between America and Iran

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of the Sadequn bloc in the parliament, affiliated with the Asaib Ahl al-Haq movement, warned on Wednesday (May 20, 2019) of four potential beneficiaries of the possible future war between America and Iran.

"The four sides are the Zionist-Wahhabist lobby in America, the Israelis, especially Netanyahu, the terrorist groups and the haters of Iran, who want the next Gulf war," he said in a tweet on his Twitter website. 

He added that "whoever calls on Iraq to distance itself from the conflict is more important, but like the ostrich, Iraq must be the solution and work to ensure that the war does not happen because it is the first to be burned by Iraq." 

"The people, their religious and social leaders, the political forces and the resistance factions, the official and popular media, should not allow the warriors and their followers to open Iraq's arena," he said.

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2019/05/20 13:35
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Parliamentary Services Urgent Request to Two Ministries Against the backdrop of the US-Iranian Conflict

 

 

BAGHDAD - The Parliamentary Services Committee on Monday (May 20th, 2019) sent an urgent request to the Ministries of Commerce and Planning against the background of the escalation of the American-Iranian conflict.

"In these days the drums of war in the Arabian Gulf are rising and rising in the coasts," said member of the committee Kazem Fangan in a press conference held in the House of Representatives in the presence of the members of the committee. "The warships have gathered and the warships have deployed until the straits of Bab al- "Noting that" the war that took place will not leave behind only ash and threaten the security of ports, especially the Iraqi ports. "

He called on the Ministries of Trade and Planning to expedite the introduction of available alternatives, stressing that "the border ports should take precautionary measures to ensure the flow of imported and exported goods through the facilitation and reduction of routine procedures in external economic dealings."

He pointed out that "the countries of the region have managed their affairs since now and took proactive measures in anticipation of any emergency."

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2019/05/20 13:18
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Parliamentary Security calls on Abdul Mahdi to call the Iranian ambassador and charge d'affaires of the US Embassy

Baghdad, March 20, 2019 - The head of the armed forces, Adel Abdul Mahdi, called on the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, and the US embassy's charge d'affaires, to immediately review the latest developments. The intensity of the Iran-US conflict and its potential impact on Iraq's security.

"The prime minister, although he has been told by the authorities of the two countries (America and Iran) that Iraq will not be part of the ongoing conflict, we call upon him to call the charge d'affaires of the US embassy and the Iranian ambassador to assure them that Iraq is not a battlefield. " 

He pointed out that "any possible exploitation of Iraqi territory by America will result in a reaction by the Iraqi people to the US presence in Iraq."

He stressed that "America has no right to use Iraq to strike any neighboring country," noting that "America is trying to introduce the country's crisis and problems with Iran."

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After targeting the green .. Sadr warns of "the end of Iraq" the war between America and Iran

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The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr on Monday warned of the consequences of a US-Iranian war on Iraq.

"I'm not fanning the war between America and Iran, and I'm not putting Iraq in this war and making it a battlefield for the Iranian-American conflict," he said in a tweet on Twitter.

"We need a serious stand with the senior people to keep Iraq out of this vicious war that will eat the green and the land and make it a pillar," he said. "We need to raise the voice of the Iraqi people condemning the war and Iraq's involvement in the war."

Sadr warned: "If Iraq does not stand a one-sided and serious, then that war will be the end of Iraq if it is run, and I was sorry to warn."

He said: "This does not fuel a war that you will be burning. Both sides are not qualified to enter the war and do not want it. Neither Iraq nor its people bear another war. We need peace and reconstruction."

The leader of the Sadrist movement that "any party that infuses Iraq by war and makes it a battlefield for the enemy will be an enemy of the Iraqi people."

Sadr's warning comes after a Katyusha rocket hit the center of the Green Zone without causing any casualties on Sunday. According to the Center for Security Information.

A security source told Shafak News that the rocket landed near the US embassy, which sounded the alarm immediately after the explosion.

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In an interview with Fox News, US President Donald Trump pledged that Iran would not acquire nuclear weapons, saying it had been a problem for a long time and accused it of fueling conflict in the Middle East. 
"Iran has been a problem for years," Trump said. "Look only at the conflicts they caused." 
He said that the first meetings he held on his arrival at the White House in January 2017 were with the Pentagon military commanders on Iran. "He offered me the Middle East, and there were 14 or 15 sites where there were only war and problems," he said. 
"And each of them (the turbulent positions) was instigated by Iran, it was linked to the Iranian army and people to whom Iran paid ... it was very terrible," he said.
Trump attacked his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, because of the conclusion of the nuclear agreement with Tehran in 2015, describing it as a "terrible" agreement, referring to the huge funds that poured into the Tehran regime because of the agreement, and amounted to 150 billion dollars. 
He stressed that the agreement would pave the way for the Iranian regime to acquire nuclear weapons within five years from now, reiterating the validity of the decision to withdraw from the agreement. 
He said that the sanctions imposed on Tehran after the US withdrawal bear fruit, pointing out that the Iranian economy has become "devastating." 
"What I just want is not to have nuclear weapons, and they can not threaten us," he said. 
"Personally, it is against getting involved in wars that hurt economies and human lives, which is the most important thing."
The level of tension between the United States and Iran has risen since early May, after Washington spotted indications of the intent of the mullahs' regime aimed at American interests in the region. 
America has pushed a military force into the Middle East, consisting of the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and the B52 strategic bombers. 
Washington sent strong warning messages to Tehran, in case it tried to attack its interests or allies, most notably Trump, which vowed to destroy Iran if it tried to fight the war.

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America plans to install the "Thad" system in Ain al-Assad

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 Security expert Safa al-Aasem revealed on Monday the intention of the United States to install Thad missiles at the base of Ayn al-Assad in western Anbar to protect the security of the Israeli entity, pointing out that this step will make Iraq a scene of crisis and fuel for any war.

 "The disclosure of the details of the Ain al-Assad base is not possible for any Iraqi party because it is under absolute American control, which fortified al-Qaeda with shelters and set up missile bases for the Patriot system to protect al-Qaeda and Israel," al-Asam said.

 He added that "the United States plans in the next stage to install the missile system Thad resistance to aircraft and missiles at the base of Ayn al-Assad, which is the most advanced to protect Israel and US bases from any missile attacks."

"This step will create a major crisis for Iraq, which will turn into an arena of armed conflict in order to protect Israel and will be fuel for any future war," he said. Ending / 25 d

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Barham Saleh plans an Arab tour to discuss the US-Iranian escalation

Barham Saleh plans an Arab tour to discuss the US-Iranian escalation

 

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The deputy of the alliance of Badr al-Zayadi, on Monday, the intention of President Barham Saleh to undertake an Arab and regional tour during the next two days to discuss the US-Iranian escalation, noting that the political blocs authorized President Saleh.

"The political blocs authorized the President of the Republic Barham Saleh to conduct a visit to neighboring countries to remove the threat of war in light of the US-Iranian escalation," Zeidi said in a statement seen by "Trend Press" that "Saleh will hold an official visit to neighboring countries and the Gulf during the next two days."

He added that "the visits of the President of the Republic will include the Gulf States and other Arab countries to mediate to remove the specter of war from the region after the delegation of political blocs to the President of the Republic."

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Washington Post: Trump puts the area on the edge of the knife

Political | 03:10 - 20/05/2019

 
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Reuters) - US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Sunday night that if it thought of attacking US interests, it would put the Middle East on the edge of the knife after Tehran and Washington Calm last week. 
Trump came a few hours after a rocket landed near the US embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which increased the tension, especially as this attack came days after attacks on oil tankers and oil installations in Saudi Arabia. 
Nevertheless, the paper says in an analytical article, experts believe that all these incidents do not justify the US escalation, which is the United States sent a group of aircraft carriers and air bombers, in the framework of Washington's attempt to deter Tehran, as stated in the US statements.
The newspaper added that Trump's messages of increasing pressure on Iran did not materialize. There appeared to be a clear contradiction between members of his administration, between those who want confrontation with Iran and another team that wants to distance the United States from the conflicts of the Middle East. 
Elizabeth Dickinson, of the International Crisis Group, told The Wall Street Journal that there are fears of a tragic conflict in the Middle East, and the region seemed to be on the edge of the knife. 
In the opinion of the newspaper that the state of play in this way may damage the credibility of Trump between the allies

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      “The outbreak of war between America and Iran will cause great damage to the entire region. Iraq will be the biggest loser because it’s in the heart of the storm.”
      During the meetings, political leaders and representatives of armed factions linked to Iran agreed on a 12-point document that aims “to keep Iraq away from the ongoing struggle between the US and Iran by all possible means.” Al-Assadi said the Iraqi Parliament will vote on the approved document.
      Dozens of paramilitary troops associated with Iran operate in Iraq, and present the biggest challenge for the Iraqi government and political leaders.
      “We agreed that no armed faction is allowed to ignite the war inside Iraq for any reason, and whoever violates this deal will be considered our enemy,” one of the leaders linked to Iran, who participated in the meetings, told Arab News.
      “We don’t want to be blamed for this war, but the situation may change if the US insists on starting this war inside Iraq.”
       
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