‘Overcoming Gaza crimes’: World reacts to US attacks on Iraq and Syria | Israel’s War on Gaza News
The United States has carried out a wave of airstrikes on Iran-linked targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for an attack that killed American soldiers in Jordan.
On Saturday, Iraq said 16 people, including civilians, were killed on its soil, while a monitoring group said 18 people were killed in Syria.
Washington has warned of more strikes to disrupt the Iran-backed “axis of resistance” amid Israel’s war on Gaza. In announcing the attacks overnight, US President Joe Biden said: “Our response began today. It will continue at times and places of our choice.”
Here’s how the world reacted to the US action:
“The attacks violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, international law, and a clear violation of the United Nations Charter,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani.
“In addition to US external support for four months of relentless and barbaric attacks by the Zionist regime against the residents of Gaza and the West Bank, and military attacks on Yemen and violations of sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country, Last night’s attacks on Syria and Iraq were another bold act and another strategic mistake by the US government that will only result in strengthening tension and instability in the region. “
“The attacks only serve to support the goals of the Zionist regime. Such attacks will increasingly involve the US government in the region and overcome the crimes of the Zionist regime in Gaza.”
“This aggressive strike will undermine security in Iraq and the region along the river,” the Iraqi government said in a statement, denying Washington’s claims of coordinating airstrikes with Baghdad as “false” and “aimed at deceiving the international public. opinion.”
The presence of the US-led military coalition in the region “has become a reason for threatening the security and stability of Iraq and a reason for Iraq’s involvement in regional and international conflicts.” national”, read the statement from the office of Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.
“Iraq reiterates its refusal to allow the country to become an arena for settling scores,” said government spokesman Basim Alwadi.
Yahya Rasool, the Iraqi military spokesman, said that the attacks “are a violation of Iraqi sovereignty, undermine the efforts of the Iraqi government, and pose a threat that could have a negative impact on Iraq and the region”.
“The consequences will have a significant impact on security and stability in Iraq and the surrounding region,” Rasool said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the strikes “inflamed the conflict in the Middle East in an extremely dangerous way” and added to “Washington’s record of violations against Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the safety of its people, which ‘ prove once again that it is the main source of global instability.”
The army said: “The area targeted by the American attacks in eastern Syria is the same area where the Syrian Arab Army is fighting against the remnants of Daesh. [ISIL] terrorist group, and this proves that the United States and its military forces are involved and associated with this group, and that they are working to revive it as a field arm for it in Syria and Iraq in every dirty way.”
“The attack of the American occupation forces at dawn today has no purpose other than an attempt to weaken the ability of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in the field of combating terrorism, but the army.”
Islamic Resistance in Iraq
A coalition of US and Israeli armed forces in Iraq, which had “suspended its attacks” earlier this week, said it had launched drones at the US base in Erbil.
Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed from Baghdad reported that Iraqi groups have also carried out missile attacks targeting the al-Tanf military base in Syria which is home to US personnel, as well as the Ain al-Assad base on western Iraq.
“Everyone should try to avoid the situation becoming explosive,” said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
While Borrell did not directly address the US strikes, he repeated a warning that the Middle East is “a cauldron that can explode”.
He mentioned the war in Gaza, violence on the border between Israel and Lebanon, bombings in Iraq and Syria, and attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. “That’s why we’re asking everyone to try to avoid escalation.”
“The UK and the US are steadfast friends. We would not comment on their work, but we support their right to respond to attacks,” a British government spokesman said in a statement.
“We have long been critical of Iran’s destabilizing activities across the region, including the political, financial and military support it has provided to various militant groups.”
“Iran’s proxies have been under fire for months and years, and now it is burning them,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels.
Speaker of the US House
Mike Johnson, the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives, accused Biden of “fixing” Tehran after the strikes, and said that “to promote peace, America must project strength”.
“I am not surprised that there has been this retaliation and retaliation by the United States,” HA Hellyer, a military analyst at the UK-based think tank the Royal United Services Institute, told Al Jazeera. add if the US wants to de-escalate and not go to war with Iran, Gaza is the most important thing for that.
Washington has “failed to apply any real leverage to bring a ceasefire to Gaza, which I think would greatly reduce tensions in the region and remove the fuel for such an increase, which is likely to continue in the coming days. and weeks and beyond”, he said.
Joshua Landis, associate professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, told Al Jazeera that politicians in Washington are pressuring Biden for a stronger response as the presidential election looms. the US ends.
“He has to respond, but at the same time he has made it very clear that he does not want to increase, and that means two things; he can hit Syrians, that’s easy and nobody cares about the Syrian government, but the Americans care about the Iraqi government.”
“America does not want to be kicked out of Iraq, especially not before the elections in November. So, he wants to be strong but he doesn’t want to kill too many Iraqis. “