US storms Thursday, January 11, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
US forces, backed by helicopters, have raided the Iranian consulate's offices in Arbil, the Kurdish capital in northern
A number of arrests were made and computers and documents seized during Thursday's raids.
An Iranian foreign ministry official said
They were held on suspicion of being "closely tied to activities targeting Iraqi and coalition forces," it said
According to Iranian state television,
A Kurdish TV station said Kurdish security forces took over the building after the Americans left the area. The Kurdish regional government made no immediate comment.
International law 'violated'
Mohammad Ali Hosseini, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman condemned the raid and said it was a violation of international law.
"The activity of all those people at our office in Arbil was legal and was in co-operation with, and had the approval of, the Iraqi side," Hosseini told
"There is no justification for this behaviour of the Americans, particularly because Iraqi officials were not informed about this move," he added.
On Thursday, Condoleezza Rice, the
Speaking just hours after the Arbil raid, Rice said
In December, US forces in Baghdad arrested a number of Iranians they said were suspected of planning attacks on Iraqi security forces, including diplomats who were later turned over to Iraqi authorities. Al Jazeera and agencies.