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Iran: US strikes on Iraq, Syria ‘strategic mistake’

This grab shows flames after a US strike on Syria on Jan. 22, 2024.

Iran has strongly condemned US airstrikes on Iraq and Syria, calling them a "strategic mistake" and a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries, international law and the UN Charter.

“Last night's attack on Syria and Iraq is an adventurous act and another strategic mistake by the American government, which will have no result other than the escalation of tension and instability in the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kana’an said on Saturday.

Sixteen people were killed, among them civilians, and 25 injured in overnight US airstrikes on targets in Iraq, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani's office said. 

Kana’ani touched on “the full support of the United States for four months of relentless and brutal attacks by the Zionist regime against the residents of Gaza and the West Bank, as well as military attacks on Yemen and violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country”.

The US military attacks on Iraq, Syria, and Yemen merely serve the goals of the Israeli regime, he said, adding they will “embroil the US government in the region more than before and overshadow the crimes of the Zionist regime in Gaza”.

Kan’ani renewed Iran’s warning about the danger of the expansion of the scope and geography of conflict in the region, and called the "continuation of such adventures a threat to regional and international peace and security".

“The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates the responsibility of the international community and the United Nations Security Council in preventing illegal and unilateral US attacks in the region and the expansion of the scope of the crisis.”

“As the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly stated, the root of the tension and crisis in the region is the occupation of the Israeli regime and the continuation of its military operations in Gaza and the genocide of the Palestinians with the unlimited support of the United States,” he said.

“The return of stability and security in the region is not plausible except through focusing on the root of the crisis,” Kan’ani added.

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