Iran denies involvement in attack on US forces in Iraq

TEHRAN, Iran on Monday denied any involvement in the attack on US forces stationed in Iraq, saying Washington’s accusations in this regard “are not documented and are not based on evidence.” “We are strongly denying any role for Iran in attacking American forces in Iraq,” the Iranian Fars news agency quoted Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying, adding that “this American allegation cannot justify the bombing and killing of people in violation of international laws.” Rabiei condemned the US attack on the positions of the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, describing it as proving Washington’s “sabotage” role for peace and stability in the region, especially in Iraq.

Yesterday, the Pentagon announced that it had carried out “precise defensive strikes” against the facilities of the “Hezbollah Brigades” in Iraq and Syria in response to attacks on Iraqi bases hosting the international coalition forces against the so-called Islamic State (IS).

The American strikes came after the US-led international coalition announced last Friday that an American civilian contractor was killed in a missile attack on a military base in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, which also wounded a number of American service personnel and Iraqi individuals.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned Iran of a “decisive response” if his country’s interests in Iraq were damaged.

Source: Kuwait News Agency