State Dept. Aware of Reported Syrian Strikes in Iraq, Calls for Strengthened Iraqi Security Forces

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department says it has “no reason to dispute” reports that Syria has taken strikes against targets in Iraq.

After Syria allegedly launched strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets, the State Department said that it was aware of the reports and did not doubt them to be true. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki referred further questions to the Iraqi government.

“More broadly,” Psaki added, “we continue to underscore that the solution to the threat confronting Iraq is not the intervention of the Assad regime, which allowed [ISIS] to thrive in the first place.” Instead, Psaki said, the best solution to the ongoing crisis in Iraq is “the strengthening of Iraqi security forces.”

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