Iraq asks United Nations to stop US from committing “illegal acts” after deadly airstrikes, newsweek.com

Iraq has called on the United Nations to prevent the United States from conducting military actions on its own accord after a series of deadly unilateral airstrikes.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry released on Tuesday two identical letters sent to the U.N. Secretary-General and the U.N. Security Council in response to U.S. airstrikes that targeted five sites across central Iraq that reportedly killing at least six people, including a civilian, and wounding others. The Thursday strikes came in response to a Shiite Muslim militia’s Katyusha rocket attack that killed two U.S. personnel and a U.K. service member at the military camp north of Baghdad.

The letters, signed by Iraqi permanent representative to the U.N. Mohammed Hussein Bahr al-Uloom, described the strikes as “a flagrant violation of the conditions of the presence of American military forces in Iraq as well as a dangerous escalation that is meant to make Iraq an arena for regional conflicts and agendas.”

“The government of Iraq expresses its condemnation, in the strongest possible terms, of those heinous American attacks and aggressions that violate the sovereignty of Iraq that violate international law,” the letters said.

The two documents also “call upon the Security Council to condemn the bombing operations against the Iraqi army and civilian facilities and to assume its responsibility to prevent the United States from committing such illegal acts according to international law and to place full responsibility for the human casualties and infrastructure that resulted from the aforementioned bombing operations.” Läs artikel