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CIA Director Sends Warning to Top General Soleimani
CIA Director Mike Pompeo has said that he sent a warning letter to Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Qods Force, over Iranian operations in Iraq. Pompeo told a defense forum in California on Saturday that he made clear Washington will hold Tehran responsible for any attacks on U.S. interests by Iranian-supported forces: I sent a note. I sent it because he had indicated that forces under his control might in fact threaten U.S. interests in Iraq. He refused to open the letter — didn’t break my heart to be honest with you.
The exchange follows the defeat of the Islamic State in three years of battles in Iraq, which have included both Iranian and US units and advisors. The Qods Force is responsible for foreign operations of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The Fars agency, close to the Guards, cited an Iranian military official that “our commander refused to receive the letter, saying we don’t have anything in common to talk about”. On October 22, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iran to halt its backing of mainly-Shia Iraqi militias, known as Popular Mobilization Units, saying it was time for Iranian military advisors and fighters “to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control…now that the fight against [the Islamic State] is coming to a close”. www.mesop.de