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IRAN CONDEMNS US ATTACK ON SYRIA

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on October 28, 2008

News numbre: 8708061469 19:01 | 2008-10-27

TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi condemned a recent US attack Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavion Syria which killed nine civilians and injured 19 others.

“During the US choppers attacks on civilian Syrian people on Sunday, a lot of innocent people were killed, again so many of them were children and also a large number of the member of one family,” Qashqavi told reporters at his weekly press conference in Tehran Monday.

Qashqavi told reporters on Monday that a violation of the territorial integrity of any sovereign state is unacceptable.

“We actually condemn any attack which violates national sovereignty of countries and leads to the killing of innocent people. Such invasions are unacceptable.”

US commandoes in four helicopters on Sunday attacked a civilian building under construction shortly before sundown in al-Sukkariya farm near the town of Abu Kamal, some eight kilometers from the Iraqi border.

The attacks killed nine civilians including four children and their parents and wounded 19 others.

The helicopters reportedly left Syrian space with all the troops again on board.

A US military official earlier admitted to the raid in Syria, but alleged that special forces conducted a raid targeting the network of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria into Iraq.

Local witnesses said they believed the blast was caused by American shelling.

Syria’s deputy foreign minister has summoned the chargé d’affaires from the American and Iraqi Embassies in protest.

Syria’s state-run media intensified its criticism of the United States on Monday, with the government newspaper Tishrin accusing American forces of committing “a war crime”.

The United States is trying to negotiate a strategic agreement with Iraq that would allow American troops to remain in the country and carry out military operations.

If ratified by the Iraqi government, the Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) would also grant US forces in Iraq immunity from prosecution.

It also gives the occupation forces a free rein to stage military operations wherever and whenever they deem necessary, without consulting the Iraqi government.

The pact faces strenuous opposition from neighboring countries, especially Syria and Iran, because of fears that the United States might use Iraqi territory to carry out attacks on them.

The United States has no diplomatic relations with Iran and has withdrawn its ambassador to Syria.

The proposed pact is also facing widespread opposition among Iraqi people and politicians.

Many fear Washington has plans to keep permanent bases, despite a denial of any such plan written into the proposal. Iraqis say the drafts submitted by the Americans thus far would infringe on Iraq’s sovereignty by giving US forces too much freedom to operate.

The security pact also faces strong criticism from members of al-Maliki’s own coalition. Two Iraqi officials familiar with the negotiations have warned that a deal is unlikely to be reached before the end of President Bush’s term in January unless Washington backs off some demands seen as giving American forces too much freedom to operate in Iraq and infringing on Iraqi sovereignty.

Iraq’s parliament must approve the deal, and the two officials said opposition in the legislature was so widespread that it stood no chance of winning approval without significant changes in the US position. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy surrounding the negotiations.

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PUBLISHED BY ‘FARS NEWS AGENCY’ (Iran)

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