The Iraqi government, fearing it would get drawn into a US-Iran conflict, condemned US strikes on its territory and said it would “explore all legal options” to prevent such actions from being repeated. Syria called the strikes a “flagrant violation of the sanctity of Syrian and Iraqi lands”.
The Iraqi military condemned the US strikes. The Iraqi and US military coordinate closely in a separate battle in Iraq, fighting the remnants of the extremist Sunni Islamic State group.
It was the second time President Joe Biden has ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias since taking office five months ago. He ordered limited strikes in Syria in February, this time in response to rocket attacks in Iraq.
Two US officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Iranian-backed militias carried out at least five drone attacks on facilities used by US and coalition personnel in Iraq since April.
The Biden administration seeks to potentially revive a 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran. The attacks underscore how Biden aims to compartmentalize these defensive strikes, while simultaneously engaging Tehran in diplomacy.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Iran was a bad actor in the region which supported “extremely problematic behavior” but defended diplomatic outreach as a way to deny Tehran a nuclear weapon .
Biden’s critics say Iran cannot be trusted and point to the drone attacks as further evidence that Iran and its proxies will never accept a US military presence in Iraq or Syria.
Iran called on the United States to avoid “creating a crisis” in the region.
“It is certain that what the United States is doing is disrupting security in the region, and one of the victims of this disruption will be the United States,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed said on Monday. Khatibzadeh.
Biden declined to comment on the strikes that followed Sunday. But on Tuesday (AEST), he will meet with outgoing President of Israel Reuven Rivlin at the White House for a broad discussion that will include efforts by Iran and the United States to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. These efforts have raised serious concerns in Israel, Iran’s nemesis.
On Sunday in Rome, the new Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, told Blinken of Israel’s reservations about the Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna, while pledging to repair “the mistakes made” in the relations. American-Israeli women in recent years.