TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need for the European Union to adopt an independent stance on regional issues, including the US government’s moves to create tensions in the Middle East.
In a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on Thursday, Rouhani described terrorist acts by the US as a serious threat to regional security and said that assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani is rooted in Washington’s anger at the commander, who led the campaign against terrorism and Daesh in the region.
“The regional nations are very angry about the US moves and we should all strive to prevent the escalations and strategic mistakes of the wayward government of the US… and force the country to adhere to the law,” he stated.
Rouhani further urged the EU to take an independent stance on major regional issues and said the establishment of security in the region is possible only if all respect law and try to prevent the recurrence of such crimes across the globe.
During the phone call, Conte said Italy would try its hardest to reduce tensions and promote peace and stability in the region.
The remarks came as Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday targeted two US airbases in Iraq, including the Ain al-Assad in the western province of Anbar, in retaliation for the US assassination of the top Iranian anti-terror commander.
An informed source at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said the IRGC’s missile attack on the US airbase of Ain al-Assad has killed at least 80 American forces.
“At least 104 targets from the positions of the Americans and their allies in the region have been identified, and if the Americans make any mistake again, those positions will be targeted,” the source warned.
The source also said that a number of American drones and helicopters and a large amount of military equipment were seriously damaged in the IRGC missile attack.
Fifteen missiles rained down on Ain al-Assad airbase, none of which were intercepted by the US army’s radar system, the source stated, adding that the accuracy and destructive power of the missiles have been so high that a number of the missiles annihilated several sensitive targets simultaneously each.