US strikes against Iran-linked groups anger Iraq, Syria as Russia calls for UN meeting

The United States struck overnight Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for a deadly attack on US troops, drawing condemnation Saturday from government and groups in the region.

The United States, which promised more strikes, blamed Sunday's drone attack on a US base in Jordan on forces backed by Iran.

US forces however did not strike inside Iranian territory, with both Washington and Tehran seemingly keen to avoid all-out war.

But with tensions already running high in the face of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, both the Syrian and Iraqi government joined Tehran in accusing Washington of undermining regional stability.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said US warplanes struck "more than 85 targets at seven facilities", four in Syria and three in Iraq.

"These targets were carefully selected to avoid civilian casualties," he added.


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