WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (EUROPE PRESS) –
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has warned that Iran's allied militias such as Kataib Hezbollah “will regret” any possible attack against US interests in the Middle East and has opened the door to “preventive actions.”
The United States bombed Kataib Hezbollah's targets in Iran on Sunday after a previous attack on a base in which a civilian contractor died, at which time “a line was crossed,” in the words of the Pentagon chief. The protests on Tuesday resulted in a siege of the US embassy in Baghdad that Esper has blamed on the militia.
“There are indications that they might be planning additional attacks,” according to Esper, who has immediately warned that “the game has changed.” If we know that there will be attacks, we will take preventive actions to protect US forces, “he said. in statements to Fox News.
Esper, who has appealed to Washington's “right to self-defense” and has advocated “maximum pressure” against Tehran, has urged the Ayatollah regime to renounce its nuclear industry and ballistic missile program and “start act like a normal country. ”