3 Apr 2024

What US Said About Its Role in Israeli Strike on Iran Consulate in Damascus

The United States has denied any role in the recent Israeli airstrike on Iran's consular annex in Damascus, Syria. Officials declared on Tuesday that they were not informed of the attack beforehand and played no part in its execution.

Tensions have escalated following the strike, which claimed the lives of numerous individuals, including high-ranking members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. While Israel has chosen not to comment on the incident, Tehran has vowed retaliation

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby unequivocally stated, "We had nothing to do with the strike in Damascus, we weren't involved in any way whatsoever." He dismissed allegations by Iran's foreign minister implicating the United States in the attack as baseless.

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh echoed Kirby's stance, affirming that US forces were not involved and communicated this position to Tehran through diplomatic channels.

According to Iranian state media reports, the strike resulted in the deaths of 13 individuals, including seven Revolutionary Guards and six Syrian nationals. The Revolutionary Guards confirmed the loss of two senior commanders, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Brigadier General Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi.

Singh noted that while the US believes senior Revolutionary Guards leaders were among the casualties, their identities have yet to be independently verified.

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