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Iran denies role in killing of three US soldiers in Syria

Tehran, Jan 29 (EFE). – Iran on Monday denied its involvement in the attack which saw three American soldiers killed in Syria near the border with Jordan, state agency IRNA reported.

The pro-Iranian Islamic Resistance militia group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a drone attack on Sunday on a small outpost near the Syria border, which killed the US soldiers.

The attack also wounded at least 25, according to United States Central Command.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said that his country had no involvement in the operations of resistance groups in the region, as claimed by the United States and the United Kingdom.

“These claims are made with specific political goals to reverse the realities of the region and also indicate that they are influenced by third parties, including the child-killing Zionist regime,” Kanaani said, according to IRNA.

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN also stressed that “Iran had no connection and had nothing to do with the attack on the US base,” according to the Iranian state agency.

On Sunday, US President Joe Biden announced that three US soldiers were killed in a drone strike in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border, although the Jordanian government said the action took place outside its territory and targeted the Al-Tanf base.

“While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” Biden said in a statement.

The Al-Nujaba militia, one of the prominent members of the Islamic Resistance, claimed in a statement that it had executed multiple attacks on US positions in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, including one on the Al-Tanf base in Syria, resulting in the deaths and injuries of over 50 American soldiers.

This is the first time since the outbreak of the war in Gaza that US soldiers have been killed as a result of attacks by pro-Iranian militias from Iraq, who have carried out more than 100 actions against US posts in Iraq and Syria since the beginning of the conflict.

Iran allegedly leads the so-called Axis of Resistance, an informal alliance formed by militant organizations such as Hezbollah, Houthi rebels, the Islamist movement Hamas, and Islamic Jihad, among other groups.

Tehran denies that these groups act under its orders and claims that they make decisions on their own. EFE

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