On Monday, Iranian officials denied involvement in the fatal drone attack on a U.S. base over the weekend. The drone strike on Sunday killed three U.S. service members, and injured thirty-four at the Tower 22 base in Jordan, which is close to the southeastern border with Syria. Sunday’s attack were noted to be a major escalation in the war, marking the first U.S. casualties since the fighting started.
The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said the various groups backed by Tehran in the Middle East do not take direct orders from Iran, sharing in a statement: “”War is not a solution. An immediate cease-fire in Gaza can lead to the return of peace … The Islamic Republic has no involvement in the resistance groups’ decisions on the way they support the Palestinian nation or defend themselves and the people of their countries in the face of any aggression and occupation.” President Biden had blamed the attack on “radical Iran-backed militant groups” and vowed the U.S. would respond.
Following the start of Israeli’s war against Hamas in October, the United States has battled Iranian-backed militants across the Middle East. Iranian-supported militias have attacked U.S. bases more than 150 times in Iraq and Syria, while another proxy group backed by Tehran, the Houthis, are fighting American forces in the Red Sea and in Yemen.
Iranian spokesperson Kanaani on Monday called the accusations that Tehran was involved in the Jordan attack “baseless,” and said the accusations were “a blame game and a plot by those who try to protect their own interests and cover up their problems by dragging the U.S. into a new conflict in the region and provoking it to intensify the crisis.”
The United Nations Iran’s representatives have also denied the charges that Tehran had anything to do with the attack in Jordan, saying: “The representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the United Nations on Sunday night told IRNA that Iran had no connection and had nothing to do with the attack on the US base. It further clarified that there is a conflict between US forces and resistance groups in the region, which reciprocate retaliatory attacks. The Iranian mission in the UN issued the statement as some of the critics of the administration of US President and hawkish Republicans were in their efforts to link the attack on Al-Tanf base to Iran.”
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