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Iran states U.S. airstrikes violate sovereignty of Iraq and Syria

Iran states U.S. airstrikes violate sovereignty of Iraq and Syria Iran condemned the U.S. airstrikes on Islamist targets in Iraq and Syria (photo: Getty Images)

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned overnight U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria as violations of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries, according to Reuters.

In Tehran's first response to the U.S. strikes, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said in a statement that they represented another adventurous and strategic mistake by the U.S. that would result only in increased tension in instability in the region

According to him, the U.S. attacks were designed to overshadow the Zionist regime's crimes in Gaza. He did not indicate if Iran would take any action in response.

Kanaani also called on the UN Security Council to prevent illegal and unilateral U.S. attacks in the region.

Before the U.S. retaliatory strikes on Friday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Iran would not start a war but would respond strongly to anyone who tries to bully it.

U.S. airstrikes on Iraq and Syria

On January 28, drones attacked the U.S. military base Base 22 in Jordan. As a result of the attack, three servicemembers were killed, and more than 40 others were injured.

The Pentagon noted the involvement of the Kataib Hezbollah group, which is supportive of Iran, in the attack.

During the night of February 3, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes on over 85 targets associated with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the commencement of a military operation in the Middle East in response to the base attack in Jordan. The White House stated that Iraq had been informed about the U.S. strikes.

The EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, believes that the Middle East has turned into a boiler that could explode.