Wednesday, February 21, 2024

US troops in Iraq, Syria under fresh attack, 73 times since mid- October: Report

The US forces in Iraq and Syria have been attacked 73 times since October 17, Fox News reported citing a Pentagon source.

The television channel reported that of these attacks, four were carried out on November 23, when the United States was celebrating Thanksgiving Day. Two of them targeted the US bases in Syria, and two more the bases in Iraq.

There have been 37 attacks on US troops in Syria and 36 more in Iraq.

US soldiers in Iraq and Syria have seen a significant increase in the number of attacks since the breakout of the Palestine-Israel conflict in early October.

Washington has accused Iran-backed militias, but admitted there is no evidence to pin blame on Tehran’s leadership for ordering the strikes.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has denied that Iran had instructed groups in Syria and Iraq to target US troops in recent days.

He stated it was Washington — not Tehran — that was fanning the violence in the region.

“The US could face dire consequences in the Middle East if it continues to support Israel,” Amiradbollahian stressed, adding that Washington “is advising others to show self-restraint, but it has sided with Israel totally”.

“If the United States continues what it has been doing so far, then new fronts will be opened up against the United States.”

He also cautioned that the continued bloodshed in Gaza “will make the situation get out of control in the region.”

“The American side should decide – does it really want to escalate, intensify the war?” he asked.

The foreign minister went on to deny that Iran had instructed militant groups in Iraq and Syria to attack the US, insisting that they were acting on their own.

“They’re not receiving any orders from us, any instructions,” he noted.

Iran has repeatedly warned the United States against any act of mischief in the region.

Washington is concerned that the Israel-Hamas conflict could spread through the Middle East and leave US troops at isolated bases exposed. Iran and its supporters say the US shares responsibility for Israel’s declared war against the Palestinian armed group Hamas.

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