Iraq says no ‘armed groups’ received ballistic missiles from Iran

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Mahjoob

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has denied news that ‘Iraqi armed groups’ receive ballistic missiles from Iran.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Ahmed Mahjoub, the ministry’s spokesperson, said “the Iraqi Foreign Ministry is amazed at claims raised by a news report that Iraqi armed groups receive ballistic missiles from Iran.”

The ministry, according to Mahjoub, “emphasizes that Iraq is not obliged to respond to news reports that have no evidence on its claims. It also confirms that all Iraqi institutions should enforce and are committed to the seventh article of constitution, which states that Iraqi lands should not be used as headquarters for any operations to target another country.”

A news report by Reuters earlier quoted Iranian, Iraqi and western sources as saying that Tehran provided Ballistic missiles to pro-Iran groups in Iraq.

On Saturday, deputy commander of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces for international affairs Brigadier General Qadir Nezami denied that Tehran provided any ‘group’ with missiles in Iraq.

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