© Reuters. A better view of an Iraq-Syria border crossing and buildings earlier than airstrikes, seen on this February 3, 2021 handout satellite tv for pc picture supplied by Maxar

(Reuters) – Friday’s U.S. air strikes in opposition to Iran-backed militias in japanese Syria encourage terrorism within the area, Iran’s high safety official, Ali Shamkhani, stated on Saturday.

Washington stated the strikes on positions of the Kataib Hezbollah (KH) paramilitary group alongside the Iraq border have been in response to rocket assaults in opposition to U.S. targets in Iraq.

“America’s current motion strengthens and expands the actions of the terrorist Daesh (Islamic State) within the area,” Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Nationwide Safety council, stated in remarks to visiting Iraqi Overseas Minister Fuad Hussein.

“The assault on anti-terrorist resistance forces is the start of a brand new spherical of organized terrorism,” the semi-official Nour Information quoted him as saying.

Hussein, on his second go to to Iran in a month, later met along with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Hussein is in Iran “to debate regional developments, together with methods to steadiness relations and keep away from stress and escalation” with Iranian officers, in accordance with an Iraqi international ministry assertion.

An Iraqi militia official near Iran stated the strikes killed one fighter and wounded 4. U.S. officers stated they have been restricted in scope to indicate President Joe Biden’s administration will act firmly whereas making an attempt to keep away from a giant regional escalation.

Shamkhani stated “we are going to confront the U.S. plan to revive terrorism within the area”, however didn’t elaborate.

The air strikes focused militia websites on the Syrian facet of the Iraqi-Syrian frontier, the place teams backed by Iran management an vital crossing for weapons, personnel and items.

Western officers and a few Iraqi officers accuse Iranian-backed teams of involvement in lethal rocket assaults on U.S. websites and personnel in Iraq over the past month.

Washington and Tehran are searching for most leverage in makes an attempt to save lots of Iran’s nuclear deal reached with world powers in 2015 however deserted in 2018 by then-President Donald Trump, after which regional tensions soared.

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