US Approves Plan to Retaliate Against Iran-Linked Targets in Iraq and Syria

Web DeskFebruary 2, 20243204 min
US Approves Plan to Retaliate Against Iran-Linked Targets in Iraq and Syria

The United States has reportedly given the green light to a plan involving potential attacks on Iran-linked targets in Iraq and Syria in response to the killing of three soldiers five days ago. According to CBS News, the White House has approved the targeting of Iranian personnel and facilities in both countries following a drone attack on the Tower 22 base near the Syria-Jordan border.

While specific details about the plan were not provided, unnamed US officials mentioned that weather conditions would play a crucial role in determining the timing of the strikes. The objective is to ensure better visibility and minimize the risk of civilian casualties.

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Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi responded, stating that Iran would respond strongly to any attempts to bully the country. He emphasized that Iran’s military power does not pose a threat to any regional nation and provides security to its neighboring countries. President Raisi denied Iran’s involvement in the drone strike in Jordan.

The attack on the US base was claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a coalition of factions opposed to the US and Israel. This incident marked the first time an American soldier was killed since the commencement of Israel’s war on Gaza. Iran-aligned groups have previously launched numerous attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria, and tensions have heightened amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

US President Joe Biden had promised a response to the attack, with officials indicating that the strikes could be sustained over several days and target multiple locations. Both the US and Iran expressed a desire to avoid escalating the military fallout from Israel’s war, which has led to increased tensions in various regions, including Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander-in-chief, Hossein Salami, warned of a response to any US strikes, and reports suggest that Iran and the US have exchanged messages since the Syria-Jordan border strike. The situation remains fluid, with hawkish voices in the US advocating for direct strikes on Iran, potentially broadening the scope of the conflict.

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