Russian Federation 'strongly' condemns US airstrikes against targets in Syria

27 Février, 2021, 15:52 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Russia, ally of Syria, fumes at U.S. airstrike against militia group

His comments to reporters on Friday came a day after the U.S. military struck a site in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militia groups in response to rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks, generating concern among lawmakers who said Biden had not asked for the necessary congressional authorization.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 22 fighters from Iraq's state-sponsored Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force were killed when U.S. warplanes hit three trucks loaded with munitions coming from Iraq near the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal.

Murphy, a Foreign Relations Committee member, said in a statement that "retaliatory strikes, not necessary to prevent an imminent threat, must fall within the definition of an existing congressional authorisation of military force".

The UN did not immediately respond to Middle East Eye's request for comment on the legality of the air strikes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the USA informed Russia of the strike just minutes before it was carried out. "It is sending a message: The bottom line is that we won't tolerate this and will use military force when we feel you've crossed the line", Yahya said.

Russian officials said Friday that they "strongly condemn" USA airstrikes on Iranian-backed targets in eastern Syria and added that they're "closely monitoring" developments. It was no accident that the USA struck what amounted to a base used by the militias, an equivalent target to their attacks on the American facilities, officials said.

In Paris, a foreign ministry source said France strongly condemns the "unacceptable" rocket attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and "stands firmly alongside its American ally". Sabareen called Hussein's comments "a green light to the worldwide community to target and eliminate the resistance under the pretext of terrorism".

Iraqi militiamen march and chant anti-US slogans while carrying a picture of Qassem Soleimani, left and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, days after their assassination, Baghdad, Iraq, January 4, 2020. As both countries prod the other to take the first step, Tehran has not yet said whether it would take part. "For a period of time, it stopped these attacks".

"The fact that Iran chose to escalate shortly after the administration declared its desire to resume negotiations with Tehran has not gone unnoticed", Inhofe said in a statement.

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Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the strikes by "the new United States administration [would] lead to intensifying military conflicts and further destabilize the region".

"Our cooperation with the worldwide coalition forces is limited to a specific goal.to fight Daesh and its threat to Iraq, in a way that preserves the sovereignty of Iraq", the statement said, using an Arabic term for the Islamic State. The group lost its last piece of territory two years ago, and numerous Iran-backed paramilitary groups have been absorbed into Iraq's official security forces.

The strike comes after several attacks on and near American compounds in Iraq, including the February 15 strike in Irbil that killed a civilian contractor working with the USA -led military coalition.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the operation, which occurred early Friday in Syria (late Thursday in Washington), targeted a compound containing housing and other militia resources. "These groups began to spring up after the killing". I think and expect that the message was clearly received, Blinken said. "For them, time isn't an issue".

Iran is believed to be searching for an opportunity to avenge the United States assassination of top general Qasem Soleimani early a year ago. Six others were wounded, including a USA service member. Iran has spent decades building a network of partnerships with militia groups across the region that has allowed it to project power far outside its area of influence. All of these groups have received at least some financing, support and weaponry from Iran over the years, and all share its ideology of "resistance", or the struggle against Israel and USA interests in the region. The groups have developed numerous, often low-priced ways of creating headaches for the United States and its allies.

Syria condemned the strike as "cowardly American aggression".

Kataeb Hezbollah said one of its fighters was killed and slammed the strike as "barbaric aggression" and a "heinous crime in violation of global law".

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