September 7th, 2013
07:47 AM ET

Iran may be planning to retaliate if U.S. strikes Syria, official says

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

The United States has obtained intelligence indicating that Iran "may be planning" a retaliatory strike against the American Embassy in Baghdad if the United States launches a military strike against Syria, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

He said that Iran has "a lot of Shi'a friends" in Iraq that would be willing to carry out an attack.

The official was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that the United States intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the embassy "and other American interests in Baghdad," if the United States struck Syria militarily for alleged chemical weapons use.

The State Department had no comment on the report, but added it had not taken any action in terms of security at U.S. diplomatic posts in Iraq.

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  27. America

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    • Ali

      OR instead of drooling "F*** IRAN!!!!" how about you tell your representives in the US that you don't want your tax dollars going directly to Al-Queda while your cities like Detroit burn to the ground. Seriously, you are going to support directly paying Al-Queda US taxpayer money and starting wars of aggression but if someone dares to retaliate you dribble together 'F*** IRAN LOL'. Pathetic. American exceptionalism right here folks.

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  28. mullahproblems

    If Iran retaliates with terrorists, it just demonstrates how far the great Persian nation has fallen. I feel sorriest for the people of the nation trapped with suicidal leadership.

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  29. Skorpio

    The Ayatollah is such a RAT that he will retaliate against Israel but using their allies in Lebanon so these guys can be blame and he could justify and escalate the war. This is the same old Islamic modus operandi around the world.

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    • mullahproblems

      Agreed, he won't even admit that the only strike available to them is via terrorism. Expect more innocents to die as Iran keeps killing other nations civilians.

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  30. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

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      September 9, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
  31. jamie

    WE CITIZENS OF THE USA SAY TO OBAMA "STAY OUT OF SYRIA PERIOD".

    September 7, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Yes, WE the citizens want nothing to do with Syria. However, once you elect a representative to Congress you are no longer in control! Israel "owns" most of our Congress! Until WE fix this problem, nothing will change. Syria is simply a side show, an excuse, for us to do what Israel has been begging for – ATTACK IRAN!

      September 7, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
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      September 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
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    Ooooooooooo, so scared!!

    September 7, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  33. Hdgjk Ddrhk

    IF IRAN LOSES SYRIA THEN IRAN NEEDS TO HAVE IRAQ OPEN TO THEM AS A KIND OF CORIDOR OUT OF IRAN...

    September 7, 2013 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • mullahproblems

      They just managed to have the Iraqis kill 50 Iranian dissidents there. I'm sure they'll have a friendly exit.

      September 8, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
  34. George patton

    I think Iran has "a lot of See Ya friends" like Russia and China.

    September 7, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • mullahproblems

      Well when you fund terrorists as a primary form of expression, it tends to happen that way.

      September 8, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
  35. Hdgjk Ddrhk

    IRAN "sounded" AS THOUGH IRAN CENTRAL COMMAND WAS GIVING ITS OPPRATIVES IN SYRIA THIER RESIGNMENT NOTICE FOR IRAQ IN THE EVENT THAT THE US STRIKES SYRIA...NOW IF ASSAD ATTACKS HIS OWN PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY THE IRANIAN OPPERATIVES ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING IN SYRIA FOR REGIONAL POLITICAL GAIN.

    September 7, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • mullahproblems

      They've been propping up Assad for so long. Their MO is to support nations with dictators that have access to weapons to strike at those who disagree with their idea of Revolution.

      September 8, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply

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