Iran's top leader says United States should not enter Iraq "under any pretext"

Jun 22, 2017, 01:46
Iran's top leader says United States should not enter Iraq

That is where US forces have been training and advising local Syrian Arabs for the fight against Islamic State militants.

Velayati, who is a member of Iran's Supervising Board for Implementation of the JCPOA, said that his country would take the appropriate measures to respond to the new United States bill.

The Pentagon said Sunday a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on coalition-partnered fighters near the town of Tabqah.

Russian Federation says it is waiting for the explain its decision to shoot down a Syrian warplane. There is no word on the pilot's fate or any other casualties. Onboard the captured vessel were three men that Saudi Arabia claims are elite Iranian commandos with the mission of attacking the oilfields in a clandestine "terror" operation.

Several senior Islamic State figures have been killed in recent years as the group has been driven from large parts of Syria and Iraq.

The report noted that Iran re-asserted its intention to continue advancing its missile program after the U.S. -Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh last month.

SPND's existence was first unveiled by the NCRI in 2011, and in August 2014 the U.S. Treasury Department added the organization to its "specially designated nationals" list, making it subject to U.S. sanctions. Still, attacks on Shi'ite militias whenever they got sort of close to a US-backed rebel base, and a public narrative presenting the militias as necessarily in league with Iran, have found the U.S. heading down that path anyhow.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called the shoot down an "act of aggression".

Still, the Pentagon said it had not seen hostile action by Moscow.

"If the Iranians were trying to show their capabilities and to signal to Israel and to the Americans that these missiles are operational, the result was rather different", analyst for Israel's Channel 2 broadcaster Ehud Yaari said.

US officials also say Iran continues to back terror groups and foment instability in regional hot spots such as Syria and Yemen.

There is a rising concern over Iran's missile program.

In last Wednesday's testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Tillerson accused Iran of seeking "hegemony" in the Middle East at the expense of United States allies like Saudi Arabia.

U.S. and Russian officials had agreed to a ceasefire, which ended on Monday, during talks in Amman aimed at strengthening goodwill before more detailed negotiations on setting up the "de-escalation zone", diplomats in Jordan said. It says targets included terror headquarters and a auto bomb-making facility.

Noting that Iran's policies in relation to the region and global affairs have not changed, Iran's president stressed that if any group tries to attack the country and harm the Islamic Republic they will receive a "decisive answer".

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said that all six ballistic missiles it launched at Islamic State militants in Syria this week hit their targets. Of the seven missiles fired at the ISIS-held Syrian town of Deir el-Zour, only two were reported to have reached their target.

"So, there was absolutely no need to fire missiles from inside Iranian territory". These new missiles were considered to be extremely accurate.

"We should remain vigilant of the Americans and not trust them".

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said it had "dirty wings", meaning it was armed.

He also noted that the Europeans have confirmed that the U.S. has breached the JCPOA. "You are not just fighting Bashar al-Assad", Murphy said.

USA -backed Iraqi forces have also dislodged Islamic State from Iraqi cities the militants captured, and are about to fully capture Mosul, which used to be their de facto capital in the country.

The Syrian army has also taken territory from retreating Islamic State militants in the western Raqqa countryside and seized back some oil fields and villages that had been under the militants' control for nearly three years.

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