Iran’s foreign ministry on Monday condemned the Trump administration’s deadly airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend as a “clear example of terrorism” and demanded that the U.S. end its occupation of the region.
“We strongly condemn this aggression on Iraqi soil,” Abbas Mousavi, a spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, said in a statement. “The U.S. has to respect the territorial integrity and independence of Iraq and to stop interfering in Iraqi internal affairs.”
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The Pentagon claimed Sunday’s airstrikes were a “defensive” response to recent rocket attacks by Iraqi militia groups that the U.S. says are Iranian proxies. Iran denied any responsibility for the attacks, which killed one American contractor.
“These attacks have once again proved America’s false claims in fighting the Takfiri group of Daesh [ISIS] as the United States has targeted the positions of forces that over the years have inflicted heavy blows to Daesh terrorists,” Mousavi said Monday. “With these attacks, America has shown its firm support for terrorism and its disregard for the independence and sovereignty of countries and it must accept responsibility for the consequences of its illegal act.”
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif also condemned the U.S. airstrikes.
“Thousands of miles away from its own borders,” Zarif said Monday, “the United States is causing bloodshed and destruction against the people of Iraq and Syria in the name of defending itself.”
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