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Iraq President, Prime Minister Denounce Israeli Air Strikes

Iraq's leaders on August 26 condemned Israel's air strikes the previous day that struck bases and weapons caches belonging to Iraqi paramilitary groups.

President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul called the strikes an attack on Iraqi sovereignty.

The drones struck near the border with Syria, said the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a grouping of mostly Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim factions.

Reuters reported one air strike hit the headquarters of a local paramilitary brigade. The other hit a convoy of vehicles leaving the building.

On August 24, Israel's military struck several targets in the village of Aqraba, southeast of the Syrian capital of Damascus, to thwart an Iranian attempt led by the Quds force from Syria, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

The following day, Israeli drones struck the Iran-backed Hizballah stronghold in south Beirut in Lebanon.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called it a "blatant attack on Lebanon's sovereignty" and said this "new aggression" represents a threat to regional stability.

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