US denies involvement, foreknowledge of alleged Israeli strike on Iranians in Syria

White House national security spokesman John Kirby dismisses Iranian charges of US responsibility for an alleged Israeli bombing of an Iranian mission in Damascus as “nonsense,” and warns that Washington will respond to any retaliatory attacks.

“Let me make it clear. We had nothing to do with the strike in Damascus,” he tells a press conference. “We weren’t involved in any way.”

Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh says Israel provided no advance warning of the strike on the Iranian mission in the Syrian capital.

“We were not notified by the Israelis about their strike or the intended target of their strike in Damascus,” Singh says at a briefing, adding that Iran had been privately told the US was not behind the strike.

Shortly before the attack, Israel notified the US that it would be operating in Syria, but used vague language that did not identify a target, two officials say on condition of anonymity.

Israel “did not include any details on who they were targeting or where it would be conducted, and the strike was already under way before word could be passed through the US government,” says one official.

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