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Iran strongly condemns US sacrilege in Iraq

Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Kharrazi on Monday strongly condemned the US sacrilege to holy places in Samarra of Iraq and called it as 'unjustifiable,' IRNA reported from Tehran.

According to the Press and Information Bureau of the foreign ministry, Kharrazi expressed outrage at death and injury of some Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims who were targeted by US troops in Samarra.

Some 50 civilians were killed in the city of Samarra in clashes with US invaders.

One Iranian pilgrim was among the victims of the incident. Blind attacks, sacrilege to holy places and inciting religious feelings are regrettable, Kharrazi said.

Expressing deep sympathy with the family of the Iranian victim, he said US is blamed and responsible for killing of an Iranian national. The Islamic Republic of Iran pursues the case with sensitivity and is to officially protest to such shameful act.

Murdering the Iranian pilgrim is not justifiable under any pretext, he said adding that now the US claims on the goals of its operation in Samarra is under question.

US irresponsible measures have made the world insecure, Kharrazi said adding that the occupiers should withdraw their troops as soon as possible.

Foreign Ministry summons Swiss ambassador

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Tim Goldimann, who represents US interests in Iran over killing an Iranian citizen in Iraq by the US forces.

According to Information and Press Department of Foreign Ministry, Foreign Ministry Director General for American Affairs Mehdi Mohtashami summoned Goldimann to voice Iran's strong protest over killing of an Iranian citizen in Iraq by the US forces.

He called for investigation of the case and offering its report by the US government.

Mohtashami also condemned savage attacks of US military forces on the holy sites of Iraq, terming it as "intolerable".

Goldimann also expressed regret over the issue and said, "The case would be reported to the US officials at the earliest time."

Supreme Leader expresses grief at desecration of shrines in Samarra

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday expressed grief at desecration of holy shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Asgari (AS) in Samarra, Iraq by the US troops.

Issuing a statement, the Supreme Leader expressed condolence to the Lord of the Time, Imam Mahdi (May God Hasten His Reappearance) and the entire Muslims on the savage attack of the US occupying forces against the shines of the 10th and 11th Imams of the Muslims, killing over 50 men, women and children and wounding a large number of civilians in Samarra.

"The brutal and arrogant occupiers showed once again that they respect none of the religious sanctities and embarked on a military show-down in dealing with the Iraqi people. The arrogant and ignorant officials of the United States think that they can force the Iraqi people with weapons and bullet to surrender. This wrong mentality will lead the occupying forces to despair and humiliation," the Supreme Leader said.

"I extend my condolence to Imam Mahdi (AS), the entire Muslims, especially the Iraqi people, and the theological centers and pray to Almighty God to bestow victory upon the Muslims to end occupation," The Supreme Leader said.

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