A Reuters report claiming a small number of Iranian missiles have been sent to Iraq was denied by both Iranian and Iraqi officials as false, but that may not stop Israeli officials from carrying out attacks over that claim.
Israeli officials are signaling that they are prepared to attack Iraq over the alleged sites, with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying Israel is “not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory” with its attacks.
Lieberman didn’t say Israel would definitely attack Iraq, but did say he would “Israel’s freedom is total” in acting against any perceived threat. Iraq has offered no statement on the new comments, but has already insisted they are not hosting any Iranian missiles.
Israel last attacked Iraq in 1981, destroying a nuclear reactor near Baghdad. Israel has been attacking sites inside Syria regularly over the past several years, again generally on claims of an Iranian presence.