US says won't ignore Iran-backed attacks in Iraq

By REUTERS
September 23, 2011 02:23

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States will not "sit idly by" while its forces are harmed by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, the top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, said on Thursday.

Mullen and US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Senate committee that while such attacks by groups linked to Iran had declined since the summer, the United States would not ignore it the attacks recurred.

"They (the Iranians) have been warned about continuing it ... that if they keep killing our troops, that will not be something we will sit idly by and watch," Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"Iran needs to understand that we're going to be around awhile here, making very clear to them that we're not -- we're not simply going to ignore what Iran is doing in -- in Iraq," Panetta said.

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