Iran Threatens with War; U.S. Drone Strike Kills 30 Afghans; Russia Blocked UN Action on Syria

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Iran’s FM: Any US or Saudi strike on Iran will cause all-out war

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the US and Saudi Arabia against any military strike targeting his country, insisting that it would “lead to an all-out war.”

During an interview with CNN, Zarif declared that “any US or Saudi military strike on Iran will result in an all-out war.”

Zarif’s statement came hours after his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, considered the attacks against Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities as a “declaration of war.”

Pompeo held Iran responsible for the attacks, while US media reports recently said the White House was considering a military response.

U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labour in the fields, officials said on Thursday.

The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and labourers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.

“The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them,” tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul told Reuters by telephone from Wazir Tangi.

Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry and a senior U.S official in Kabul confirmed the drone strike, but did not share details of civilian casualties.

“U.S. forces conducted a drone strike against Da’esh (IS) terrorists in Nangarhar,” said Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “We are aware of allegations of the death of non-combatants and are working with local officials to determine the facts.”

Russia blasted at UN for ‘carpet bombing’ Syria

Russia and China nixed a draft UN Security Council resolution on Thursday that called for a truce in northwest Syria, where government forces seek to overtake the last rebel stronghold in the country’s brutal civil war.

The double-veto marked the thirteenth time Moscow blocked UN action on Syria, and the seventh time for Beijing, in an eight-year conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and divided world powers.

The document, drafted by Kuwait, Belgium and Germany, called for a ceasefire in the northwestern province of Idlib by midday on September 21 and a halt to an aerial bombing campaign that has killed civilians and medical staff and destroyed hospitals.

Equatorial Guinea, which holds a two-year council seat, abstained and the remaining 12 members of the body voted in favour.

Voting against the document, Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s UN ambassador, said the text did not include a carve-out for military operations against UN-designated “extremist” groups.

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Source: MEMO, Reutres, Al Jazeera