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Iraq blasts US-Australian piracy at Gulf

Iraq blasts US-Australian piracy at Gulf

Baghdad, July 28, INA

Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. Naji Sabri confirmed that the piracy and the acts of aggression perpetrated by US Navy forces in cooperation with Australian Navy against the ships that transfer civilian goods inside and outside Iraqi territorial waters in Arab Gulf contradict norms of the UN Charter and international laws related to sea navigation.

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Dr. Sabri said, " I would like to inform you of the continuing aggression perpetrated by the US forces against the ships that transfer civilian goods inside and outside Iraqi territorial waters. The US Navy patrols in cooperation with some Austrian navy forces intercepted these ships and attacked their crews.”

The letter referred that “some times these forces are investigating those crews and detaining them for a long period.”

It added that “two Australian military ships carrying 20-armed soldiers attacked Iraqi ship “al-Fida'” through its sailing from Um-Qasr port to Iraqi Ma'qal Port. The soldiers detained its crews, completely inspected it, broken stores' locks and changed ship's movement to 6 miles towards a US frigate.”


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