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Tensions Rise as Iran Denies Involvement in Attacks on US Forces

Gulan Media December 6, 2023 News
Tensions Rise as Iran Denies Involvement in Attacks on US Forces

In a statement on Tuesday, Iran's Ambassador to the UN, Amir Saeid Iravani, categorically denied any role in actions or attacks against US military forces, as reported by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The denial comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with the United States attributing recent attacks in Middle Eastern waters to the Iran-allied Houthi group in Yemen.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, addressing reporters on Monday, asserted that the attacks, originating from the Houthis, are actively supported by Iran. "Washington has every reason to believe that these attacks, while launched by the Houthis in Yemen, are fully enabled by Iran," Sullivan said, according to Reuters.

In recent weeks, Iran-backed militias have been implicated in attacks targeting US forces in Iraq and Syria. The situation escalated further this week when three commercial vessels came under attack in international waters in the southern Red Sea. The Houthis later claimed responsibility for launching drone and missile attacks against what they identified as two Israeli vessels in the area.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani dismissed recent remarks by the British government that attributed responsibility for attacks to Iran, deeming them "baseless and unconstructive." Kanaani emphasized that resistance groups are acting independently, not taking orders from Tehran, and are driven by their opposition to perceived war crimes and genocide committed by Israel.

As conflicting narratives persist, Iran continues to deny involvement, while the US and its allies point to evidence linking Iran to the attacks through its support for allied groups in the Middle East. The situation remains fluid, with diplomatic tensions escalating as the region grapples with differing perspectives on recent events.