Iran vows retaliation for Syrian strike that killed IRGC officers

Iran’s Response to Attacks on Its Interests in Syria

Iran will respond to attacks on its interests in Syria, as stated by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani. Kanaani made this statement on Monday in response to the killing of two Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members in Syria by Israel last week. “No action against Iran’s interests and our advisory forces in Syria will go unanswered,” Kanaani emphasized.

The Iranian state media reported that two IRGC members serving as military advisers in Syria were killed in an Israeli attack on November 2. This incident marked the first reported Iranian casualties during the ongoing war in Gaza.

Iran has shown support for Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel. Iran supports Hamas in Gaza, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, and militias in Syria and Iraq. However, Iran has not directly involved itself in the war beyond providing support for its proxies in the region.

The United States has also engaged Iranian forces in Syria, with airstrikes targeting IRGC sites in November. Additionally, the US carried out a preemptive airstrike in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing five Iran-backed fighters after several attacks against US forces.

The tensions between Iran, Israel, and the United States continue to escalate in the region. This presents a significant challenge for stability and peace in the Middle East.