US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller

US Decries Iranian Airstrikes In Pakistan, Iraq, Syria

Thursday, 01/18/2024

The US State Department condemned recent Iranian airstrikes in Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria, urging a peaceful resolution to the escalating tensions in the region.

During a press briefing, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller condemned the Iranian actions, emphasizing the United States' commitment to peace and stability in the region.

“We do condemn those strikes. We’ve seen Iran violate the sovereign borders of three of its neighbors in just the past couple of days,” Miller stated in Washington. “Certainly, we always want to see peace and stability maintained, especially in this region, where it’s been the focus of our diplomatic efforts since October 7th.”

The condemnation follows Pakistan's announcement that Iran violated its airspace, resulting in an attack on a border village that claimed the lives of two children and left three women injured.

The Iranian assault, reportedly targeting the Pakistan headquarters of Jaish Al-Adl, a group labeled as a "terrorist organization" by Iran since its inception in 2012, utilized both missiles and drones.

In response to the Iranian strike, Pakistan launched airstrikes against several locations in southeastern Iran early Thursday.

The deputy governor general of the restive Sistan and Baluchestan province told Iranian state TV that airstrikes carried out by Pakistan targeted a border village, killing three women and four children, all non-Iranian citizens.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that the country had undertaken "a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military strikes against terrorist hideouts in Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran."

Pakistan earlier took diplomatic measures, recalling its ambassador from Iran and preventing Tehran's envoy from returning to Islamabad.

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