The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said on Saturday that Washington does not seek a widespread war or conflict with Iran but will continue to do what is necessary to hold accountable those who attack its forces, while diplomatic sources said the United The council will meet next Monday to discuss US attacks in the national security region.
Commenting on US strikes targeting sites in Iraq and Syria last Friday evening, the Pentagon said the United States “feels confident” that it was able to strike most of its intended targets, And achieved the desired success, as he said it.
The Pentagon continued that it is working around the clock to hold accountable those responsible for the Jordan attack, which resulted in the deaths of 3 US soldiers and was claimed by the Islamic resistance in Iraq.
The Pentagon reiterated US claims that the strikes launched yesterday in response to the killing of three soldiers would not be the only strikes in the region.
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In a related development, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting next Monday regarding the strikes launched by the United States in Syria and Iraq, according to what diplomatic sources told Agence France-Presse.
The meeting will come after permanent council member Russia was invited to discuss the US attacks on Syria and Iraq, which it says ignored international law and led to civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure in both countries. Gave.
The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of deliberately worsening the situation in the Middle East.
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Earlier today, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned the Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Baghdad and the Iraqi President to meet with the three presidents to discuss the US attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry submitted an official note of protest to what it described as US attacks on military and civilian targets in the Akashat and al-Qaim areas, to the Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Baghdad, stressing that these attacks are a A gross violation of Iraqi sovereignty.
He said tomorrow's US attacks would reduce the chances of success of ongoing negotiations to regulate the work of the international coalition, increase tensions and threaten the security and stability of the region.
The Popular Mobilization Forces announced the death of 16 people and the wounding of 36 others as a result of the attacks, noting that “the search for the bodies of many missing people is still ongoing.”
For its part, the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the US strikes on its territory and said the strikes fuel conflict in the region.
He said that the United States is the main source of global instability, noting that American forces are a threat to international peace and security.
The Syrian news agency has confirmed that civilians and soldiers have died in American attacks.
Following the US attacks, the Islamic resistance in Iraq today targeted the US “Harir” base near Erbil airport in the Kurdistan region in the north of the country with a drone.
It also targeted the US “Kharab al-Jir” base in Syria with drones.