Iran Leader Criticizes U.S. Strikes on ISIS in Syria, Calls Them Illegal

September 23, 2014 1:50 PM

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Iran Leader Criticizes U.S. Strikes on ISIS in Syria, Calls Them Illegal

The overnight airstrikes in Syria aimed at Islamic extremists conducted by the U.S. are illegal, Iran's leader told NBC News on Tuesday. The fighter jets and bombers who launched at least 14 strikes against ISIS in Syria did so without authorization from the United Nations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, and did it without permission from Syria.

Rouhani told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell that the Syrian offensive differed from similar recent U.S. intervention in Iraq because unlike Syrian President Bashar Assad, who didn't invite such strikes, the government in Iraq had asked for help quashing the militants that Obama has repeatedly pledged he ...

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