State Dept Announces New Sanctions on Iran Over Iraq Rocket Attacks

Pompeo blames Iran directly for rocket attacks in Iraq

For the second time in as many days, the US State Department has unveiled a new round of sanctions against Iran, once again focused primarily on companies involved in the petrochemical industry, and once again nominally over rocket strikes in neighboring Iraq.

Details on the companies targeted are still emerging, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that they were enabling “the Iranian regime’s violent behavior,” and he directly blamed Iran for recent rocket fire at US forces in Iraq.

In practice, the US was blaming Iraqi militias for the strikes, accusing them of being Iranian proxies, and then tying the whole thing to Iran. In practice, it’s still not certain who did it, as a new faction with unknown affiliation claimed responsibility.

Blaming Iran is preferred by the US because it allows them to retaliate by continuing with sanctions they were likely already going to impose, and carrying out airstrikes against Iraqi targets on top of that for good measure.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.