Iran’s Khamenei condemns US ‘malice’ over Iraq strikes

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday strongly condemned US air strikes on a militant group in Iraq, in his first comments since the weekend raids.

“The Iranian govt & nation & I strongly condemn the US’s malice,” Khamenei said on his official Twitter account, referring to Sunday’s deadly US strikes on the Hashed al-Shaabi militants.

The US carried out the strike in western Iraq in retaliation for rocket fire that killed an American civilian contractor at a military base in northern Iraq on Friday.

In a tweet on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of “orchestrating” that day’s storming of the US embassy in Baghdad by protesters angry over the American air strikes.

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In response, Khamenei said: “That guy has tweeted that we (the United States) see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad & we will respond to Iran”.

“First, you can’t do anything. Second, if you were logical — which you’re not — you’d see that your crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan… have made nations hate you,” he tweeted.

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