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US Apologizes to Iraq for February Airstrikes on Its Territory

© Flickr / U.S. Department of DefenseThe guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile
The guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.03.2024
ANTALYA, Turkiye (Sputnik) - Washington has offered an apology to Baghdad for failing to warn it in advance about the airstrikes on Iraqi territory on February 2, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Mohammed Hussein told Sputnik.
"Indeed, Washington did not warn Iraq about the attacks on Iraqi security forces. A US official has offered us apologies in connection with that situation," Hussein said on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.
U.S. soldiers secure the site after an explosion in Baghdad, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005. A car bomb exploded near the Australian Embassy in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding four, police and witnesses said. Australia said no embassy personnel were killed or hurt in the explosion - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.02.2024
‘We Defeat Ourselves’: US-Backed Orgy of Violence in Iraq, Syria Further Delegitimizes Country
In late January, three US soldiers were killed and over 40 others injured in a drone attack on a US military outpost in Jordan. Washington blamed allegedly Iran-backed militant groups for the attack and, on February 2, retaliated by striking targets in Iraq and Syria, which it believes were linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated militias. Both Baghdad and Damascus strongly condemned the attacks on their soil.
White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby first said the US "did inform the Iraqi government prior to the strikes occurring." However, US State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel admitted on February 6 that Washington had not warned Baghdad prior to the strikes. Kirby himself later said he had misspoken.
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