Iraq says that it was warned by Iran about last night’s missile attack and that this warning was passed on to the U.S., suggesting that the attack was merely a face saving effort by Tehran.

“Iraq’s prime minister’s office said on Wednesday it had received “an official verbal message” from Iran informing it that a missile attack on US forces stationed on Iraqi soil was imminent,” reported Pakistan’s Dawn News.

According to war correspondent Elijah J. Magnier, Iran told Iraq that it would only target areas of bases under U.S. control.

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