Iraq warns Israel on using its airspace in Iran strike

Share:

israel iran attack  possible  routesBaghdad has warned Israel that it would respond to any attempts by the Jewish state to use Iraqi airspace for a strike against Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, a top Iraqi minister told AFP.

The remarks from Hussein al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs, mark the first time a senior Iraqi official has publicly warned Israel against entering its airspace — the most direct route — to hit targets in Iran.

Shahristani also said that Iraq had received assurances from Washington that the United States would not use its airspace to attack Iran, which Western powers believe is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Tehran has repeatedly denied the claim.

“The (Americans) have assured us that they will never violate Iraqi airspace or Iraqi sovereignty by using our airspace to attack any of our neighbours,” Shahristani said in an interview in his office in Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone.

“We have also warned Israel that if they violate Iraqi airspace, they will have to bear the consequences.”

The minister said that the issue had been discussed in Iraq’s national security council, and the warning had been passed to Israel “through countries that they have relations with”.

Asked how Iraq would react to any Israeli attempt to target Iran’s nuclear programme, Shahristani said: “Obviously, Iraq wouldn’t be disclosing its reaction, to allow Israel to take that into account.”

Western powers led by Washington along with Israel are at loggerheads with Iran over allegations that its nuclear programme is aimed at developing an atomic weapon.

Tehran has repeatedly rejected the allegations, and in turn accuses its arch-foes Israel and the United States of waging a deadly campaign of sabotage against its disputed nuclear programme, which it insists is for peaceful purposes.

Israel, the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear-armed state, has refused to rule out military action against Iran.

France 24

Share:

Comments

24 responses to “Iraq warns Israel on using its airspace in Iran strike”

  1. AntiFSA Avatar
    AntiFSA

    I hope Israel ignore the warning and use the route anyway. The arrogant bastards more likely will .

    1. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      Firecrackers!!! Now I need popcorn. ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. AntiFSA Avatar
    AntiFSA

    I hope Israel ignore the warning and use the route anyway. The arrogant bastards more likely will .

    1. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      Firecrackers!!! Now I need popcorn. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Yefim_Feldman Avatar
    Yefim_Feldman

    The deputy prime minister of Iraq, is really no more than a mayor of Baghdad at best, and should keep
    his remarks to himself. Making international statements about Iraq, should be left to adults in the U.S.
    administration

    1. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      Hmmmmm. Let me ask you this. Will your country allow another country’s war planes cross without firing at them?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Maybe only the ones with pilots ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. Yefim_Feldman Avatar
        Yefim_Feldman

        If the mayor of Baghdad needs to make unprompted speeches, he deserves to be ridiculed.

  4. Yefim_Feldman Avatar
    Yefim_Feldman

    The deputy prime minister of Iraq, is really no more than a mayor of Baghdad at best, and should keep
    his remarks to himself. Making international statements about Iraq, should be left to adults in the U.S.
    administration

    1. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      Hmmmmm. Let me ask you this. Will your country allow another country’s war planes cross without firing at them?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Maybe only the ones with pilots ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. Yefim_Feldman Avatar
        Yefim_Feldman

        If the mayor of Baghdad needs to make unprompted speeches, he deserves to be ridiculed.

  5. dateam Avatar

    obviously things musn’t be going their way at the moment so they’ve brought up the iran nook kali ( to qoute bush ) issue again.

  6. dateam Avatar

    obviously things musn’t be going their way at the moment so they’ve brought up the iran nook kali ( to qoute bush ) issue again.

  7. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    Israel will never attack Iran because Both Iran and Israel work together. This rubbish news is being shoved into our throat for the last 30 years. Any one who think Israel will attack Iran must set a tentative date and observe and I can guarantee that we need to set the date again and again. Well let me set a date. Lets say by december 2013 Israel will attack Iran. So we will talk about it again in January 2014 inshallah

  8. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    Israel will never attack Iran because Both Iran and Israel work together. This rubbish news is being shoved to our throat for the last 30 years. Any one who think Israel will attack Iran must set a tentative date and observe.

  9. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    Taliban will attack Iran and the rest Sunnis from Iraq ,Syria and elsewhere will attack Iran. Iran Hezbushaitan and the Assad regime are three defense line of Israel and Israel Russia and the Zionist influenced Europe and America will try to keep them in power. If the European and American can boot out the dual Israeli citizen from power and influence from their country then the ball game will be different. We might see a joint attack by the European and the Muslims on Russia and Iran plus Iraq too. This situation is on the making as the Puppet Nuri Al Maliki Hamid Karzai are openly leaning towards Russia after being installed by Europe and America. Double cross is a crime and the punishment can be severe. The European/American will simply leave Afghanistan and Iraq and let Iran handle the problem. Iraqi Mujaheddin and the Taliban will be free and all they need is some arms to attack the common enemy. Russia will be reduces to Moscow city,Iranian safavid Al-Majoos will be out of power,Nuri and hamis Karzai can go anywhere they want and here in Syria Bashar Al-Qaeda is already struggling.

    1. LEBANON101 Avatar
      LEBANON101

      what the hell do u smoke ?

      1. Ramez Avatar

        ROTFL! That’s exactly what I thought when I read that gibberish.

    2. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      Honestly man stop with your stupidity… You are embarrassing yourself. Did you ever look at what the Russians and the Americans have for an armada? They have enough nukes to fry every mujahid’s butt and then some.

  10. wargame1 Avatar
    wargame1

    Taliban will attack Iran and the rest Sunnis from Iraq ,Syria and elsewhere will attack Iran. Iran Hezbushaitan and the Assad regime are three defense line of Israel and Israel Russia and the Zionist influenced Europe and America will try to keep them in power. If the European and American can boot out the dual Israeli citizen from power and influence then ball game will be different. We might see a joint attack by the European and the Muslims on Russia and Iran plus Iraq too. This situation is on the making as the Puppet Nuri Al Maliki Hamid Karzai are openly leaning towards Russia after being installed by Europe and America. Double cross is a crime and he punishment can be severe

    1. LEBANON101 Avatar
      LEBANON101

      what the hell do u smoke ?

      1. Ramez Avatar

        ROTFL! That’s exactly what I thought when I read that gibberish.

    2. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      Honestly man stop with your stupidity… You are embarrassing yourself. Did you ever look at what the Russians and the Americans have for an armada? They have enough nukes to fry every mujahid’s butt and then some.

Leave a Reply