US will act in self-defense if attacked: Pompeo to Iraq PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, December 11, 2019. (AFP)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi the US would take measures in self-defense if attacked, according to a statement on Monday, after a second rocket attack on an Iraqi base that houses US troops helping fight ISIS.

“Secretary Pompeo underscored that the groups responsible for these attacks must be held accountable. Secretary Pompeo noted that America will not tolerate attacks and threats to American lives and will take additional action as necessary in self-defense,” the statement read.

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