US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq

Iraqi authorities are investigating the massive munitions depot explosion near Baghdad which happened on Aug 21. (File/AP)
Updated 23 August 2019

US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq

  • Two unanimous US officials said the Israeli attack killed two Iranian military commanders
  • New York Times reported that Israel bombed an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month

JERUSALEM: US officials confirm Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month.
The confirmation comes as Israel’s prime minister is strongly hinting his country is behind recent airstrikes in Iraq.
Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview Thursday: “I don’t give Iran immunity anywhere.”
Two American officials said Israel carried out a July attack on a weapons depot that also killed two Iranian military commanders.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.
Early Friday, the New York Times, citing Israeli and US officials, reported Israel bombed an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month.
Striking in Iraq would mark an escalation in Israel’s campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.


Iran’s supreme leader rules out negotiations with US

Updated 15 min 56 sec ago

Iran’s supreme leader rules out negotiations with US

  • US policy of maximum pressure will fail says Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out negotiations with the US, as tensions mount between the arch-foes after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on Saudi oil installations.
“The policy of ‘maximum pressure’ against the Iranian nation is worthless and all Islamic Republic of Iran officials unanimously believe there will be no negotiations with the US at any level,” he said, quoted on his official website.