The US Army stated on Friday that Thursday's raid on a building housing the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil was to "prevent hostile intervention in internal Iraqi affairs." The army in a statement said the US troops had carried out the "routine operation" as part of continuous action throughout Iraq against elements suspected of involvement in killing Iraqis and coalition troops."
According to Kuna, the US statement said one out of six "detainees" who were caught during the operation was set free, and that the five others were still subjected to interrogation.
"The coalition forces will continue action, in coordination with the Iraqi government, and prevent hostile action in the interior Iraqi affairs," it said.
Washington has accused Iran and other neighboring states of meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq. Tehran has protested the action against the mission in Irbil as provocative and demanded the release of the detainees.