Iran's Leader Responds to Trump's Threat

'You can't do anything,' says supreme leader, as anti-US protests continue in Iraq
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2020 8:00 AM CST
Updated Jan 1, 2020 3:15 PM CST
Iraqi security force stands guard while firefighters work at the scene of a fire set by pro-Iranian militiamen in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Anti-American protests continued for a second straight day near the US embassy in Iraq on Wednesday, prompting US forces to fire tear gas at one point. However, Reuters reports that protesters have withdrawn after a militia umbrella group told demonstrators to disperse. Meanwhile, US-Iran tensions were rising over the situation. Coverage:

  • Banner: Despite leaving, the protesters left their mark by putting up a green banner bearing the name of the umbrella group—the Popular Mobilization Forces—"as if to remove any doubt of who was in charge," says the New York Times.
  • Iran responds: On Tuesday, President Trump blamed Iran for fomenting the anti-American protests and promised the nation would pay a "big price." But on Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader dismissed the threat, reports Newsweek. "You can’t do anything," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech in Tehran. "If the Islamic Republic decides to challenge and fight, it will do so unequivocally."

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