After the drone attack in Jordan that took the lives of three American soldiers and injured many others, the Islamic Republic of Iran was immediately in the center of attention of the defendants. Today, Iran strongly denied any involvement in the attack.
The incident, which occurred near the Syrian border, drew swift accusations from US President Joe Biden and British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, who pointed the finger at Iran-backed groups. According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani, as reported by IRNA, Iran asserted its innocence, saying that resistance groups in the region are acting independently in response to what they see as war crimes and genocide committed by the "Zionist regime." Kanani stressed that these groups do not receive orders from the Islamic Republic of Iran, but make decisions based on their own principles, priorities and interests of their country and people.
Kanani also suggested that allegations of Iranian involvement were driven by "specific political goals to reverse the reality in the region" and were influenced by third parties, including what he called "the Zionist regime that kills children".
Iran's mission to the United Nations echoed this sentiment, saying Tehran had "nothing to do" with the attack, attributing it to a conflict between US forces and resistance groups in the region. Interestingly, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella organization for armed groups believed to be backed by Iran, claimed responsibility for the drone attack on Tower 22, a logistics support base.
This conflicting narrative adds complexity to the situation, as the group's acknowledgment contradicts Iran's official position on the matter. The drone strike marked a landmark event as it resulted in the first loss of American life to enemy fire since the start of the Gaza war.
President Biden, a vocal supporter of Israel's actions in Gaza, condemned the attack as "despicable and completely unjust" and promised a response "in a manner and time of their choosing."