At the United Nations headquarters in New York, Iraqi counsellor Saleh Al-Mukhtar has strongly criticised the Iranian leadership for attacks, he claims, on Iraqi civilians.
SCU Iraqi U.N. counsellor Saleh Al-Mukhtar speaking in English.
AL-MUKHTAR: "I have to explain that we have not declared the war against Iran. But the reason three days Iranian Government used to attack our civilian village and cities by aeroplanes and guns and we have heavy damage in civilian cities and village. We try to stop this attacks by peaceful ways but the Iranian Government refused that. So that they leave for us one choice, to stop the attacks and to destroy the sources of the attacks. This day my government decided to attack the airports, military airports, to protect my country. This is exactly what is going on. There is no war. It is self defence only. We haven't any ambition in Iranian land."
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Background: At the United Nations headquarters in New York, Iraqi counsellor Saleh Al-Mukhtar has strongly criticised the Iranian leadership for attacks, he claims, on Iraqi civilians. Mr. Al-Mukhtar said Iraq was not aiming to wage a war with Iran but merely reacting to constant Iranian aggression during recent months.