The United States had announced a large-scale, multi-layered attack against Iran-affiliated groups and followed through on its promise by not only striking in Iraq and Syria but by stepping up the offensive against Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen. For Joe Biden it is “only the beginning” of the American response to the attacks against his troops in the region and the killing of three of them in Jordan but the risk of escalation and widening of the conflict has never been higher, with Russia which requested and obtained a UN Security Council meeting on the American raids on Monday. “The attack is a risky action and another strategic mistake on the part of the Americans, which will only increase tensions and instability in the region,” Tehran's diplomatic spokesman, Nasser Kanani, said in a statement. 'after the raids ordered by the commander-in-chief against three facilities in Iraq and four in Syria. The White House has assured that it does not want a war against Iran and has no intention of attacking directly on Iranian territory but the Pentagon's show of force clearly wanted to send a signal to the regime. The bet of Washington and its allies is that Tehran does not want to escalate the conflict or go to war against a superpower, but it is not certain that the groups supported by the Pasdaran will also make the same assessment and stop the attacks against the USA. Until Friday evening, every U.S. military action was imbued with calculation and caution, the hallmark of the Biden approach. The death of American soldiers in Jordan, however, and the continued attacks by the Houthis have forced the president's hand. The raids also angered Iraq which accused the US of violating its sovereignty. The White House replied that it had warned the Iraqis before the attacks but Baghdad still decided to summon the American charge d'affaires and reported that among the 16 dead there were also civilians. In Syria, however, according to the latest balance sheet from the Human Rights Observatory, 23 pro-Iranian fighters were killed. On the eve of Antony Blinken's visit to the Middle East to continue the diplomatic offensive and reach an agreement for the release of the hostages, Hamas also condemned the military operation, saying that the American administration is throwing “fuel on the fire”. The United States “bears full responsibility for the repercussions of this aggressive attack on Iraq and Syria,” the group said in a statement. Only a few hours after those raids, the American Central Command, Centcom, announced that on Friday they had destroyed eight drones off the coast of Yemen and four on land to “protect freedom of navigation” from Houthi attacks, then that they had shot down “six anti-missiles” ship”. According to a joint statement, the US and Great Britain have struck “about ten” rebel targets in the country – according to CNN there are at least 30 in the country, including an underground weapons depot – to “re-establish peace and stability” in the area . Houthi media, cited by al Jazeera, instead denounced attacks also against the capital “Sanaa, targeted by American-British raids”, they said, citing in particular the southern area of the city, while witnesses spoke of strong explosions. An increasingly critical situation on which, at the request of Russia which took advantage of it to accuse the United States of “sowing chaos and destruction” in the Middle and “further fueling the conflict”, an urgent meeting of the United States Security Council will be held on Monday 'Un.
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