Tehran, Nov 8 (EFE).- Iran has denied involvement in attacks against US forces in Syria and Iraq, which have increased since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas a month ago.
Iranians burn US and Israel flags during an anti-US rally marking the 44th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover, in front of the former embassy building in Tehran, Iran, 04 November 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has never been involved in any actions or attacks directed at the United States military forces in Syria and Iraq,” said Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani, in a letter to the UN Security Council, reported ISNA on Wednesday.
Iravani described the US accusations of Tehran’s participation in attacks against its troops in the Middle East through pro-Iran militias as “baseless.”
“The clear purpose of such baseless allegations is to justify the United States’ continuous violations of international law and the United Nations Charter within Syria’s territory,” the diplomat said.
Iravani said that the United States “must stop its unlawful actions, [and] end its illegal occupation” and described Iran’s presence on Syrian soil as legitimate since it is due to an “official request” from the Arab country.
Pro-Iran militias have carried out dozens of attacks against US targets in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks, after warning Washington against the deployment of more troops in the Middle East in support of Israel.
Pentagon sources cited by US media report that at least 45 Americans have been injured in the 38 attacks by these militias against bases housing US troops since Oct. 17.
Since Hamas’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7, Tehran has repeatedly warned of the possibility that its allies will open other fronts if Israel does not stop bombing Gaza. EFE