Newly elected US President Joe Biden has come under fire from the Middle East for allowing airstrikes in eastern Syria.
According to reports, the US military has claimed responsibility for a series of rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq, targeting pro-Iranian militias in eastern Syria.
A Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, said in a statement that the airstrikes were “deliberate” and aimed at “preventing the overall situation in both Syria and Iraq.”
It is believed that the US military strike in Syria is the first attack under the presidency of Joe Biden, on which he is facing severe criticism from the Middle East.
In this regard, according to some observers in Washington, there is an attempt to make a clear difference in the political process between Joe Biden and former US President Donald Trump.
They said Donald Trump used controversial force to assassinate General Qassem Suleiman, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, in response to attacks on coalition forces in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, a professor of English literature and oriental languages at Tehran University, expressed anger in a tweet, saying that Biden’s move was as bad as Donald Trump’s.
On the other hand, in response to the US airstrike, Syria said it was a cowardly act, so Biden was warned not to follow the law of the jungle.
In a statement, the Syrian foreign minister said in a statement that Syria strongly condemns the US cowardly attack in the Deir Ez-Zor area near the Iraqi border.
He said Biden’s administration was considered a legitimate international litigant, not a forest law enforcement agency like the previous one.
According to Iranian state media, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzada said that the US airstrike in Syria is an illegal act and a violation of human rights and international law.
Later, the Iranian foreign minister said that Foreign Office spokesman Saeed Khatib visited Syria shortly after the US airstrikes and met with other officials, including Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and senior presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Khatibzada’s spokesman told Syrian officials that Iran stands with the Syrian government and people.
However, no statement from the Foreign Ministry stated that pro-Iranian assets in Syria had been damaged.
In January last year, 16 people, including four children, were killed in a US airstrike in the southern Syrian region of Baghdad.
It should be noted that the Syrian government is already facing sanctions from the United States and the European Union under which the assets of the state, hundreds of companies and citizens are frozen.
Washington has banned its citizens from exporting and investing in Syria, as well as freezing oil and hydrocarbon-related products.
It is estimated that more than 370,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war since anti-government protests began in 2011, while millions have been displaced and many more displaced.