Iranian state-run media have downplayed recent US airstrikes on pro-Iran militias, claiming they have targeted evacuated sites. Despite the attacks on half a dozen locations with dozens of munitions, the regime in Tehran appears to be ignoring them because very few Iran-affiliated operatives were killed. Al-Mayadeen TV channel and other pro-Iran media in the region have also dismissed the significance of the strikes, saying that pro-Iran groups have already resumed targeting the US.
Furthermore, Iran and its proxies are urging regional countries not to assist the US, while key US partners like Egypt and Jordan are trying to downplay the tensions as well. These actions suggest that Iran believes the US is slowly withdrawing from the region, which has emboldened its proxies to carry out more attacks. Additionally, Iran has been mobilizing its allies following the attack on three Americans in Jordan, indicating a potential escalation of conflict in the region.
As a result, Iran continues to strengthen its militias, targeting US forces in Iraq and Syria, while downplaying any attacks on itself as escalatory. The situation has put the US in a difficult position, and its responses have so far failed to deter Iranian-backed groups. Therefore, as tensions persist, the risk of further escalation in the region remains a concern.