Report: US, Russia Green-lighted Israeli Strikes on Iranian Assets in Iraq
The United States and Russia reportedly green-lighted alleged Israeli strikes on Iranian-linked infrastructure in Iraq. Washington and Moscow agreed that the Israeli military could conduct the attacks in order to “ensure Israel’s security,” according to the Asharq Al-Awsat news outlet. In the latest incident, an Iraqi official blamed the Jewish state for an explosion last week at an arms depot in Baghdad controlled by Iranian-backed Shiite fighters. Israel over the past months has reportedly conducted multiple strikes in Iraq, where Iran is accused of setting up bases and shipping sophisticated weaponry – including ballistic missiles – to its proxies. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hinted that Israel was behind the airstrikes and reiterated that Jerusalem would continue to use military force to curb Tehran’s expansionism. “Iran has no immunity anywhere,” Netanyahu asserted, adding that “we will act – and currently are acting – against [the Iranians] wherever it is necessary.” Concurrently, the Israeli army has conducted hundreds, if not thousands, of strikes in Syria in order to prevent the Islamic Republic from establishing a permanent military presence there, as well as from transferring advanced weaponry to its Hizbullah proxy in Lebanon.