Iran's ambassador to the United Nations has rejected US threats and rhetoric, saying US accusations against Iran are meant to distract world public opinion from the 17-year-occupation of Iraq.

Iran Press/America: Reacting to US accusations against Tehran, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said US accusations are meant to divert public opinion from the very real danger which the Iraqi people feel following the recent brutal US airstrikes which killed many innocent Iraqis.

Elaborating further, Takht-Ravanchi said the Americans are also trying to divert world public opinion from the 17-year-occupation of Iraq, which has resulted in the killing of more than 300000 innocent Iraqis, Iran Press reported.

Turning to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Takht-Ravanchi said Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), are a powerful Iraqi government group which played a key role in the expulsion of Daesh (also known as ISIS) terrorists from Iraq, and currently they are the main reason why Daesh terrorists have been unable to revive themselves in the country.

At least 25 PMF personnel were killed and dozens more injured in a recent series of US airstrikes in Iraq. The airstrikes have angered the Iraqi people, and a mob of furious Iraqis stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Instead of advancing US goals, the airstrikes appear to be the latest in a series of foreign policy blunders in the Middle East. The Iraqi government has furiously condemned the airstrikes on Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) positions.

United States President Donald Trump rushed to say that he holds Tehran "fully responsible" for protesters storming the US embassy compound in Baghdad and threatened to retaliate against the country.

But later, Trump went on to say that he does not want, or foresee, war with Iran. 101/211

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