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Iran’s Foreign Minister accuses U.S. of giving Israel ‘inexperienced gentle’ to assault consulate in Syria

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Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, proper, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian throughout a joint press convention in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 8, 2024. Iran’s Foreign Minister Monday accused the United States of giving Israel the “green light” to strike its consulate constructing in Syria that killed seven Iranian navy officers together with two generals.
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Iran’s Foreign Minister on April 8 accused the United States of giving Israel the “green light” for a strike on its consulate constructing in Syria that killed seven Iranian navy officers together with two generals.

Hossein Amirabdollahian reiterated Tehran’s vows that it’ll reply to the assault, extensively blamed on Israel, that appeared to suggest an escalation of Israel’s concentrating on of navy officers from Iran, which helps militant teams combating Israel in Gaza, and alongside its border with Lebanon.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in an handle on April 8 reiterated the Iran-backed group’s help for a Tehran navy response to the assault that killed Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior navy official within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, and worsened fears of the battle spiraling into the remainder of the Middle East.

Since the battle in Gaza started six months in the past, clashes have elevated between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Hamas, which guidelines Gaza and attacked Israel on Oct. 7, can be backed by Iran, in addition to an umbrella group of Iraqi militias concentrating on U.S. navy bases and positions in Syria and Iraq.

Though Israel has usually carried out strikes concentrating on Iranian navy officers and allies, Zahedi’s demise was probably the most important blow for Tehran since a U.S. drone focused and killed Quds Force chief Gen. Qassim Soleimani in 2020 in Baghdad.

“I’d wish to say with a really loud voice from right here in Damascus that America has a duty in what occurred and have to be held accountable,” Amirabdollahian told reporters in Damascus during a visit where he met his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, who condemned both the strike and Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Amirabdollahian also met President Bashar Assad, with whom he discussed Gaza and the wider situation in the region, a statement from Assad’s office said.

The Iranian Foreign Minister, who earlier that day inaugurated the opening of a new consular section in a nearby building, justified his claims by saying that Washington and “two European countries” did not condemn the attack on the diplomatic building.

The Biden administration has insisted that it had no advance knowledge of the airstrike. Washington is Israel’s vital military ally.

Israel, which rarely acknowledges strikes against Iranian targets, said it had no comment on the strike in the Syrian capital. However, Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said last week that the U.S. has assessed Israel was responsible.

Initially after the strikes, Iranian state media said Zahedi led the Quds Force in Lebanon and Syria until 2016.

Then, in a public address Monday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Zahedi was a key figure for the Lebanese group, and had three four-year stints in the tiny Mediterranean country.

Nasrallah, like Syria, and other key allies of Tehran, have said they remain committed to backing Iran.

“It’s a natural right for Iran. It’s natural for the Islamic Republic to conduct this response (to the consulate attack),” Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah said Zahedi’s first involvement was until 2002, overseeing Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, and helping Hezbollah scale up. Zahedi’s second term covered some of the fiercest fighting in Syria’s uprising turned civil war, where Tehran and Russia played a key role in backing Assad against opposition forces. Zahedi’s final stint began in 2020 and ended when he was killed.

Hezbollah militants and Israeli troops have clashed along the tense Lebanon-Israel border since Oct. 8, the day after the Hamas attack on southern Israel.

The Hezbollah leader said that the moment the clashes began, Zahedi reportedly wanted to join Hezbollah militants on the front line but wasn’t permitted to do so.

Earlier on April 8, Israeli airstrikes over southern Lebanon killed Ali Ahmad Hussein, an elite commander of Hezbollah’s secretive Radwan Force. Hezbollah announced Hussein’s death, but did not give any details on the circumstances or his role with the group in line with how it makes public the deaths of its members.

The killing of Hussein, one of the most senior militants slain thus far, came ahead of the Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Syria.

Israel considers Hezbollah its most serious immediate threat, estimating it has some 150,000 rockets and missiles, including precision-guided missiles that can hit anywhere in Israel. The group, which has thousands of battle-hardened fighters who participated in Syria’s 12-year conflict, also has different types of military drones.

In January, Israeli jets struck and killed one other elite Hezbollah commander from the Radwan Force, Wissam al-Tawil, who fought with the group for many years and took half in a few of its greatest battles.

Hezbollah says it should cease firing rockets as soon as a ceasefire is reached within the Gaza Strip that may finish the Israel-Hamas battle. Israeli officers have been demanding that the Radwan Force withdraw from the border space to ensure that tens of hundreds of displaced Israelis to return residence.

Washington and Paris have been scrambling to discover a diplomatic decision to halt the combating alongside the Lebanon-Israel border, hoping to forestall a brand new all-out battle between Hezbollah and Israel since a month-long battle in the summertime of 2006.

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