Fears of escalating conflict slow U.S. retaliation against pro-Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq
Retaliation is not expected. The president of the United States, Joe Biden, also announced, assuring on Tuesday that he has decided how his country will react to the drone attack against the US base in Jordan two days ago, in which three the soldier died. However, its performance this Friday, along with attacks against more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria by militias backed by Iran, has increased concern about a possible escalation of tensions in the Middle East. to more actors and countries. The attacks killed 23 people guarding facilities in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has monitors on the ground, and in Iraq, 16, including civilians near the sites. attacked, the Government reported. According to the United States Central Command (Centcom), military aviation used 125 precision munitions.
As expected, the attacked countries, and Iran, criticized the retaliation. The Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani – who combined conciliatory statements in Washington with requests that the forces of the coalition against ISIS that he leads leave the country – assured that the bombings “put the security in Iraq and the region. on the edge of the abyss.” The Syrian government, which is supported by Russia and Iran in the 13-year-old war, called the United States “the main source of global instability,” while Tehran spoke of a “strategic mistake ” in Washington that “involves it. more.” in the region and “hiding the crimes” of Israel in Gaza.