Following his threats that Iran will pay “a very big price” over its alleged role in organising protests near the American Embassy in the Iraqi capital, US President Donald Trump toned down his statements, saying he doesn’t seek to start a war with the Islamic Republic.

“I don’t think that would be a good idea for Iran […] I like peace […] I don’t see that happening,” Trump told reporters.

At the same time, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has announced the deployment of an additional 750 troops to the region in light of the recent attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad, while media reports have suggested that deployments might reach 4,000 troops.

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