Iran warns U.S. military after Obama win

Iran warned U.S. forces in Iraq on Wednesday that it would respond to any violation of Iranian airspace, a message analysts said seemed directed at the new U.S. president-elect more than neighboring American troops.

Reuters

The Iranian army statement, reported by state radio, came after a cross-border raid last month by U.S. forces into Syria, a move that was condemned by Damascus and Tehran.

But an Iranian politician said the timing suggested it was directed at Barack Obama, who won Tuesday’s U.S. vote, more than the U.S. military, and might reflect concern by hardliners in Iran who thrived on confrontation with Washington.

Obama has said he would toughen sanctions on Iran but has also held out the possibility of direct talks to resolve rows, which include a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

A U.S. Army Apache helicopter flies during a mission in Baquba, ... 
A U.S. Army Apache helicopter flies during a mission in Baquba, in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, November 4, 2008.(Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

“Recently it has been seen that American army helicopters were flying a small distance from Iraq’s border with Iran and, because of the closeness to the border, the danger of them violating Iran’s border is possible,” state radio reported.

Iran’s armed forces will respond to any violation,” radio said, citing a statement from Iran’s army headquarters.

Washington, which has not had diplomatic ties with Tehran since 1980, has accused Iran of funding, equipping and training militants in Iraq. Iran denies this and says security problems are due to the presence of U.S. troops who should quit Iraq.

“This is a clear message to the American president-elect because radicals are not very happy that Obama has been elected,” said the Iranian politician.

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