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The United States has denied any involvement or advance knowledge of the strike on an Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, that resulted in the deaths of two top Iranian commanders and five others. Amid concerns about the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalating into a broader regional conflict, the US government has communicated directly to Iran that it had no part in the attack. The State Department is gathering more information about the strike but has expressed concerns about any further escalation of conflict in the region.

The US National Security Council spokesperson stated that the US did not have any advance knowledge of the strike and was not involved in it. This information was communicated directly to Iran, as reported by Axios. The US official clarified that the US government was not aware of the attack beforehand and reiterated concerns about potential escalation of violence in the region. The State Department echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the need to gather more information before commenting on the specifics of the attack.

Iran has held the US responsible for the strike, with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stating that the United States should be held accountable for the incident. Iran summoned the Swiss chargé d’affaires in Tehran, seeking an explanation given Switzerland’s role in representing US interests in Iran. The US, in turn, has accused Iran of supporting proxy attacks on American and Western targets, citing previous incidents of violence attributed to Iran-backed groups.

In January, a drone attack in Jordan killed three American soldiers at a US outpost, which the US linked to the Iran-backed Islamic Resistance in Iraq. This incident caught Tehran by surprise and raised concerns among political leadership in Iran, according to US intelligence officials. The US’s accusations against Iran of supporting proxy attacks on Western targets have fueled tensions between the two countries, especially in the context of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

The situation in the region remains tense, with the US and Iran exchanging accusations and concerns about escalating conflict. The strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus has further strained relations between the two countries, with Iran seeking accountability from the US. The US, on the other hand, continues to express concerns about potential escalation of violence and conflict in the region, emphasizing the need for caution and restraint in dealing with the situation.

As the US government continues to gather information about the strike and its implications, the broader ramifications of the incident remain uncertain. The potential for further conflict and retaliation looms large, with both the US and Iran on edge about the situation in the Middle East. Diplomatic channels are being utilized to address the crisis and prevent further escalation, but the possibility of heightened tensions and violence in the region remains a significant concern for both countries and the international community.

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