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Iran's foreign minister urges Trump to avoid Israel 'trap' to provoke war

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DUBAI (Reuters) -Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday not to be "trapped" by an alleged Israeli plan to provoke a war through attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.

He issued the warning on the anniversary of the U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by a drone strike in Iraq. There was no immediate comment by Israel.

Washington blames Iran-backed militia for regular rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq, including near the U.S. embassy. No known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility.

"New intelligence from Iraq indicate(s) that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans — putting an outgoing Trump in a bind with a fake casus belli (act justifying war)," Zarif said in a tweet.

"Be careful of a trap, @realDonaldTrump. Any fireworks will backfire badly," Zarif wrote.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment on Zarif's remarks.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zarif's message.

Esmail Ghaani, who succeeded Soleimani as head the elite Quds force, said on Friday Iran was still ready to respond.

The U.S. military flew two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a message of deterrence to Iran on Wednesday, but the bombers have since left the region.

Iran's foreign minister urges Trump to avoid Israel 'trap' to provoke war
 

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Zack Harding
Zack Harding Jan 02, 2021 6:09PM ET
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Anyone Notice how loud and boisterous China Iran and Russia are becoming now that they know there is a bumbling fool coming into the White House in 20 days?
Eloy Rodrigo
Eloy Rodrigo Jan 02, 2021 11:38AM ET
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Do you want to know the root of ME problem? Search for Evil Religions Unmasked
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perplexed76 . Jan 02, 2021 10:44AM ET
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his last monts trumpie more active than for all 4 years
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Jan 02, 2021 10:44AM ET
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When you do a horrible job and your employer fires you for it, Some people attack their employers ( instead of 'Upping their game' , and trying to make The World a better place).
Zack Harding
Zack Harding Jan 02, 2021 10:44AM ET
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Alan Rice you and the original commenter are really not informed. In the face of a four year hunt that netted the exposing of the Clinton campaign making up Russian collusion, Trump was the most productive president in modern history. Permanently funding African-American colleges, something Obama wouldn’t do, appointing over 300 judges including 3 supreme court picks, Making trade on a more even playing field with our enemies, isolating Iran, accomplishing a Middle East peace/trade deal that no one’s been able to touch in 40 years...A raging economy before the China virus, was the first to react to the China virus even though Democrats called him racist for banning travel. Everyone said in the middle of the year operation warp speed would be impossible...Most secure border in our nations history according to the department of homeland security...The list goes on but you will wallow in your position because of your seething hate...
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Jan 02, 2021 10:44AM ET
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Middle East Peace? with whom? You had enough crackers is time to go back to your cage.
data junkie
data junkie Jan 02, 2021 10:08AM ET
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without a war, oil goes no where
Frank Olivarez
Frank Olivarez Jan 02, 2021 9:59AM ET
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Is this good for oil..
Shakil Zaman
Shakil Zaman Jan 02, 2021 9:39AM ET
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Bruh, what a re*ard.
 
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