Veteran GOP Congressmen Call for DOD, State Department to Respond to Iran’s Attacks on US Interests in Iraq

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FIRST ON FOX: A pair of veteran Republican congressmen demanded that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the State Department respond to recent Iranian attacks on US interests in Iraq.

GOP Reps. Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania and Michael Waltz of Florida sent a letter to Biden administration secretaries Lloyd Austin and Antony Blinken, asking them to respond after Iran attacked American interests in Iraq.

Iran launched ballistic missiles and sent armed drones into Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Monday, targeting civilian dissidents against the Iranian regime over unrest at home in the Islamic nation.

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Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, an Iraq War veteran, told Fox News Digital "prosecuted nearly 100 terrorists, including 13 death sentences."

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, an Iraq War veteran, told Fox News Digital that he “prosecuted nearly 100 terrorists, including 13 death sentences.”
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“As a veteran of the Iraq War, I deployed to Baghdad and prosecuted nearly 100 terrorists, including 13 death sentences,” Reschenthaler told Fox News Digital. “I saw firsthand Iran’s malign influence in the country and its campaign of terror throughout the Middle East. I am deeply concerned about the IRGC’s ongoing attacks in northern Iraq, which included the death of a US citizen.

“The lack of response from the Biden administration to deter this violent extremism adversely affects our service members, diplomats and NGOs operating in the region,” he added. “We must stand firm with our regional partners and respond quickly to these terrorist attacks to protect innocent lives.”

“The Biden administration has shown a worrying timidity toward the Iranian regime, hoping that further concessions could lead to a new [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]that Iran has no intention of honoring,” Waltz told Fox News Digital.

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“This while the terrorist regime continues to threaten US officials, fire rockets at our Kurdish allies and brutally repress their own people,” the former Green Beret added. “American policy should be to restore a campaign of maximum pressure to stop the belligerent behavior of the regime.

“Biden’s Iran strategy has failed and it’s time to change course immediately.”

In the letter obtained exclusively per Fox News Digital, the pair of veteran lawmakers called on the DOD and State Department to “respond to these Iranian threats to deter future attacks and protect our regional interests.”

Waltz is a former Green Beret and Reschenthaler served in the Iraq War.

Waltz is a former Green Beret and Reschenthaler served in the Iraq War.
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“These violations of Iraq’s sovereignty target innocent civilians, endanger U.S. forces operating lawfully in the region, and sadly resulted in the death of an American citizen,” they wrote legislators a la carte.

“Combined with the Iranian regime’s efforts to fund and direct violent extremist organizations, transfer lethal weapons to Russia, and develop nuclear capabilities, we strongly urge the Administration to act quickly to deter future attacks and protect U.S. personnel operating in the region”.

The veteran lawmakers pointed to the March 13 attack of “about a dozen ballistic missiles in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)” launched from Iran that “landed near a building in American consulate in Erbil, they hit Iraqi structures and injured innocent civilians.” “

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“As you know, KRI, specifically Erbil Air Base, stations US and partner forces that support critical efforts to destroy radical terrorists and prevent the re-emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” they said. write Reschenthaler and Waltz.

“We are aware that earlier this year, Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley led an interagency team to the Middle East, where he held consultations with allies and partners about the destabilizing activities of the Iran in the region.”

Neither the State Department nor the Defense Department responded to Fox News Digital's requests for comment.

Neither the State Department nor the Defense Department responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.
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“However, despite Special Envoy Malley’s efforts, these attacks persist,” they continued. “On September 28, 2022, the IRGC fired at least 70 ballistic missiles into KRI from inside Iran.”

Lawmakers singled out both the September and Monday attacks, noting that “the ongoing coordinated attacks are an effort to deflect blame amid growing peaceful protests against the Iranian regime over its brutal killing of an Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amen.”

Amini was a 22-year-old Iranian woman allegedly killed by the radical Islamic regime after she was arrested for not wearing the hijab according to the correct government standards. His death sparked protests that have rocked the Middle Eastern Islamic nation.

“This is a clear signal from the Iranian regime that they have the ability to target the interests of the United States and its partners in Iraq without consequence from the Biden administration,” the lawmakers wrote.

“As Iran continues to sow chaos and destruction in the Middle East, these continued attacks have assaulted Iraq’s sovereignty, threatened US forces and ongoing counterterrorism efforts, and killed civilians innocent Americans and Iraqis. It is deeply troubling that these attacks were not met with a strong US response, and we believe this will only increase the IRGC’s ongoing campaign of terror throughout the region.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks June 1, 2022 during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department in Washington.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks June 1, 2022 during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the State Department in Washington.
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Reschenthaler and Waltz concluded their letter by calling on the administration to respond to “Iranian threats” and warned that “without responding to these provocations, we risk additional threats to our combatants, diplomats and civilians in the region.” .

A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the department does not comment on congressional correspondence as a standard practice.

“We strongly condemn Iran’s missile and drone attacks against the Iraqi Kurdistan region,” the spokesman said. “We call on Iran to refrain from further threats against Iraq’s territorial integrity.

“We stand with our partners and the Government of Iraq’s goal of preserving the country’s security, stability and sovereignty.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). attacked the cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah, killing two and wounding eight.

Erbil plays an important role in the US presence in the region and is a prominent US interest with military personnel based in the city.

Representatives Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania and Michael Waltz of Florida.

Representatives Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania and Michael Waltz of Florida.
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The targeted attacks hit the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran — which Tehran has banned — and Komala, an Iranian Kurdish Communist Party that is also banned in Iran, according to the groups.

The attack was the second major attack against Iraq since Iranian anti-government protests began two months ago.

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The first attack on Sept. 28 launched 40 armed drones and ballistic missiles into Iraq, killing 18 people, including an American citizen, and wounding up to 58, Kurdish officials said at the time.

One of the September missiles was aimed at Erbil and was shot down by an American warplane.

Neither the State Department nor the DOD responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

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