Maliki: Iraq no launch pad for Iran strike

July 13, 2008

BAGHDAD (Press TV) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said he will not allow the country's territory to be used for an attack against Iran.

As speculation grows over a possible Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, the question arises whether Israel will use Iraqi airspace to launch such an attack.
In a recent press conference, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said a possible Israeli strike against Iran was 'not under our control'.
McCormack also declined to answer what he said was a 'hypothetical question involving military planning' when it was noted that Israeli warplanes would have to pass through U.S.-controlled Iraqi airspace to attack Iran.
The Iraqi prime minister has taken a strong stance against the use of Iraq as a base for an attack against Iran.
In a closed-circuit video conference with U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday, Maliki stressed that he would not permit the country's soil, airspace, or waters to be used in an attack on Iran.
""Iraq is no longer a launch pad or pathway for regional military operations,"" he said.
Maliki also expressed concern over the use of force to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue and said that he was worried over how another regional military conflict would affect his country.