Iraq’s foreign ministry summons US ambassador over ‘violation of sovereignty’

Destroyed headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah militia group are seen after an air strike on December 30, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Iraq’s foreign ministry summoned the US Ambassador to Iraq on Sunday over “violation of sovereignty,” it said in a statement.

The foreign ministry denounced the US airstrikes in Iraq as a blatant violation of sovereignty and a breach of agreement with the US-led coalition, adding that Iraq soil should not be used to attack neighboring countries.

The foreign ministry said it sent an official complaint to the UN secretary general and UN Security Council over US air strikes and killing of Iraqi and allied commanders.

A US drone strike killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday.

The US military carried out air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Kataib Hezbollah militia group on December 29, in response to the killing of a US civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57