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Trump: War Would Be 'Official End of Iran'

'Never threaten the United States again!'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2019 4:40 AM CDT
In this Sunday, May 19, 2019, photo released by the US Navy, sailors partake in a foreign object and debris walk-down on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the...   (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Garrett LaBarge/U.S. Navy via AP)
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(Newser) – President Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the US Embassy in Baghdad overnight. Trump's tweet comes after he seemingly sought to soften his tone on Iran following days of heightened tension sparked by a sudden deployment of bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf over still-unspecified threats. The tweet came just hours after a Katyusha rocket fell in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone near the statue of the Unknown Soldier, less than a mile from the US Embassy, causing no injuries.

Iraqi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasoul told the AP that the rocket was believed to have been fired from east Baghdad. The area is home to Iran-backed Shiite militias. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran," Trump tweeted. "Never threaten the United States again!" Trump did not elaborate, nor did the White House. In an interview aired Sunday on the Fox News Channel, Trump called the nuclear deal with Iran that he pulled out of a year ago a "horror show." "I just don't want them to have nuclear weapons and they can't be threatening us," Trump said. (Read more Iran stories.)

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