US Distances Itself From Israeli Strike On Iran

The government of the United States has stated that it has no involvement in an Israeli airstrike on Iran’s consular annex building in the Syrian capital Damascus and was not informed about it in advance, officials said Tuesday.

Tehran has vowed to retaliate for the strike, which killed more than a dozen people — including senior members of the Revolutionary Guards — while Israel has so far declined to comment.

Speaking during the briefing, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said; “We had nothing to do with the strike in Damascus, we weren’t involved in any way whatsoever.”

Kirby dismissed as “nonsense” comments by Iran’s foreign minister that the US, Israel’s main backer, bore responsibility for the attack.

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh also said Washington’s forces played no role in the strike, and that the US conveyed this to Tehran through private channels.

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“We were not notified by the Israelis about their strike or the intended target of their strike in Damascus,” Singh told journalists. “We’ve made it very clear in private channels to Iran that we were not responsible for the strike.”

Iranian state media said 13 people were killed in the Monday strike — seven members of Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards and six Syrian nationals.

The Guards said the dead included two top commanders: Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Brigadier General Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi.

Singh said Washington assesses that senior Revolutionary Guards leaders were killed, but has not been able to independently confirm their identities.

Meanwhile, in another report, Biden has announced that he is “outraged and heartbroken” by Israel’s alleged killing of seven aid workers in Gaza, delivering some of his strongest criticism yet of the close US ally.

Biden’s criticism is the most recent instance of his inconsistent stance on the conflict, as his government is becoming more disapproving of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the situation while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of continuing to provide Israel with military supplies.

Africa Today News, New York

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