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(Reuters) - The United States has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. interests in Baghdad in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The American embassy in Baghdad was a likely target, according to unnamed U.S. officials quoted by the newspaper. The Journal said the officials did not describe the range of potential targets indicated by the intelligence. In addition, the State Department issued a warning on Thursday telling U.S. citizens to avoid all but "essential" travel to Iraq. President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to back his plan for limited strikes in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians that the United States blames on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. The Journal reported that the Iranian message was intercepted in recent days and came from the head of the Revolutionary Guards' Qods Force. The newspaper said the message went to Iranian-supported Shi'ite militia groups in Iraq.
Originally posted by MrSpad
The problem with tactics like this is while they make headlines they have no effect on the over all scheme of things.
Originally posted by ShadowLink
Ad to that the fact that we all know how much the US Government cares about their embassies and soldiers.
They are little more than expendable meat shields and cannon fodder in comparison to real reasons the US refuses to listen to diplomacy and is hell bent on waging war.
We've heard many theories of what those reasons may be, but I am sure we only those in the know are truly aware what they are.
It just hard, sometimes, to know and anticipate someone calling the bluff.
"..... Israel owns vast industrial areas next to major residential areas. A worrying example is the Makhteshim plant near Beer Sheva, which produces methyl isocyanate. This extremely toxic substance is used in the production of pesticides. It became famous during the night of December 3, 1984, when it was spilled in the Bhopal installations of a company now owned by Dow Chemical. Defined as the worst industrial disaster in history, it caused the death of thousands, many more were crippled and the ground is still contaminated there. At any moment, there is more of this substance in Israel than there was in Bhopal. The Israeli capability to deal with such a disaster is nil, as it was recently admitted by the IDF..... Following a missile attack destroying several similar installations, the civilian infrastructure of the country would be lost."