Dec 30, 2019 12:33 UTC
  • US strikes in Iraq 'clear example of terrorism’: Iran

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi says US airstrikes on forces that have helped defeat Daesh terrorists in Iraq is a “clear example of terrorism".

According to Press TV, the US said Sunday it targeted weapons caches or command and control facilities linked to Kata'ib Hezbollah in western Iraq, as well as eastern Syria. 

Mousavi said Monday "These attacks have once again proved America's false claims in fighting the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh as the United States has targeted the positions of forces that over the years have inflicted heavy blows to Daesh terrorists." 

"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 consequences of its illegal act," he said.

In a statement on Monday, Iraq's popular Hashd al-Sha'abi said the martyrdom toll from the US airstrikes had risen to 27, vowing to avenge the “aggression of evil American ravens.”

The attacks came after the US said a barrage of more than 30 rockets fired on Friday against a military base in Kirkuk had killed an American civilian contractor. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday accused Tehran, claiming "We will not stand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy." 

Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and President Barham Salih, strongly condemned the airstrikes. Kata'ib Hezbollah Commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes warned of a strong response to the aggression. 

"The blood of the martyrs will not be in vain and our response will be very tough on the American forces in Iraq," he said.

Iraq's Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Halbusi condemned the airstrikes, saying they “indubitably constituted a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.”

Iran offered condolences to the families of those killed in the "terrorist attack" and reiterated its support for Iraq's independent, territorial integrity and sovereignty. 

Mousavi also called on the United States to end its "occupying" presence in the region, which he called the cause of insecurity, tension and crisis. 

The spokesman urged the US to "respect Iraq's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and stop interfering in its internal affairs."