The Biden administration stated that Iran is “actively facilitating” some recent attacks on United States military bases in the Middle East.
During a Monday press briefing, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby explained that over the last week, there has been “an uptick in rocket and drone attacks by Iranian-backed proxy groups against military bases housing U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria.”
He noted that the administration is “concerned about the potential for any significant escalation of these attacks in the days ahead.”
Kirby confirmed that the Iranian Armed Forces is backing some of the attacks despite Iran attempting to “maintain some level of deniability.”
“Now, we know these groups are supported by the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard] and their regime. We know Iran continues to support Hamas and Hezbollah. And we know that Iran is closely monitoring these events and, in some cases, actively facilitating these attacks and spurring on others who may want to exploit the conflict for their own good or for that of Iran,” Kirby stated.
When asked what Iran is doing to “actively” encourage the attacks, Kirby explained that “their support for these Iran-backed proxies is no secret.”
“They’ve made no secret of it,” he continued. “Funding, resourcing. In terms of providing the rockets and the munitions that they fire; training for some of these guys.”
“There is a connection between these groups and the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard],” Kirby added. “A very direct connection.”
During a Monday briefing regarding conflict in the Middle East, Kirby stated that the administration has “never been blind to Iran’s destabilizing behaviors.”
He touted the Biden administration’s implementation of 40 additional sanctions and its efforts to increase military presence in the region before the Hamas attacks. The administration has sent additional military resources to the region, including two aircraft carriers, warships, and roughly 2,000 Marines, Reuters reported.
Kirby noted that militia groups backed by Iran attacked “some of our facilities and our troops as well as our diplomats.”
“We are certainly mindful of the impact that they have and the encouragement that they give to these groups. So again, without getting ahead of where we are right now and what ways in which we might continue to hold Iran accountable, I can tell you that we are certainly not blind at all to what Iran is doing,” he added.
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