March 13, 2020 / 1:28 PM / 16 days ago

Iraqi president condemns U.S. air strikes -statement

BAGHDAD, March 13 (Reuters) - Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned on Friday a series of overnight U.S. air strikes as a violation of national sovereignty and warned that the country could slip into chaos and become a failed state.

“The repeated violations the state is being subjected to are a dangerous and deliberate weakening of its abilities and reputation, especially at a time when Iraq faces unprecedented challenges on political, economic, financial, security, and health fronts,” Salih said in a statement.

“These dangers could lead to chaos and Iraq becoming a failed state, especially if the security escalation continues while Islamic State militants attempt to regain their ability to threaten national security and the safety of citizens.” (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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