- know as the origin of the current threat to Americans in Iraq. It is to blame for the attacks against our mission in Basra, and our embassy in Baghdad. Our intelligence in this regard is solid.
We can see the hand of the ayatollah and his henchmen supporting these attacks on the United States. On Friday, I ordered the temporary relocation of US government personnel from our Consulate General in Basra. I also warned the Iranian government that we will hold it directly responsible for any harm to Americans or our diplomatic facilities, whether perpetrated by Iranian forces, or by associated proxies or elements of those militias.
These latest destabilising acts in Iraq are attempts by the Iranian regime to push back on our efforts to constrain its malign behaviour. Clearly, they see our comprehensive pressure campaign as serious and succeeding. And we must be prepared for them to continue their attempts to hit back, especially after our full sanctions are reimposed on the 4th of November.