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Iranian officials have denied any role in the recent deadly drone strike on a US base in Jordan, which resulted in the death of three American troops.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani emphasized that Tehran does not dictate the actions of groups it supports in the Middle East. “The Islamic Republic has no involvement in the resistance groups’ decisions on the way they support the Palestinian nation or defend themselves and the people of their countries in the face of any aggression and occupation,” Kanaani stated.
The strike, which occurred on Sunday at the Tower 22 base near Jordan’s southeastern border with Syria, also injured roughly 34 US service members. In response, President Biden attributed the attack to “radical Iran-backed militant groups” and promised a decisive US response.
Kanaani dismissed these allegations as “baseless,” accusing certain countries of attempting to entangle the US in a new regional conflict and intensify existing crises for their benefit. In addition, Iranian representatives at the United Nations have also refuted any involvement in the attack on the Jordanian base, reinforcing Tehran’s stance of “non-involvement” in these specific militant actions.
This comes as Iranian-supported militias have repeatedly targeted US bases in Iraq and Syria, with over 150 attacks reported since mid-October. Additionally, the Houthis, another group supported by Tehran, have engaged American forces in the Red Sea and Yemen. The recent attack in Jordan, resulting in US casualties, has heightened tensions, with some US lawmakers advocating for direct retaliation against Iran.