Russia termed the airstrike that came in the wee hours of Friday morning as “illegal” and “extremely dangerous”, which it said could “lead to escalation of situation” and “outbreak of a major conflict”.
In a statement, Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of Russian parliament’s international affairs committee, said Syria possesses “modern weapons including S-300 installations”, warning the US to be “extremely careful with such action”.
Earlier, the Pentagon said the attack was carried out on Biden’s order, terming it a “defensive precision strike” in retaliation to recent rocket attacks on the US and coalition troops in Iraq.
However, that narrative appears to have few takers in cyberspace, as social media users strongly denounced the provocative act, suggesting that “the war machine is back”.
Actually, yes they do. I think you do not know how government works. https://t.co/METESg7Rpj— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 26, 2021
Journalist and podcast host Ben Norton slammed the Biden administration for what he termed the “US dirty war on Syria”, started by Biden’s former boss Obama and continued by the Republican Trump.
Biden is again bombing Syria, continuing the US dirty on Syria, a decade after Obama started it, and after Trump prolonged it as well.
3 US presidents over 10 years have waged war on Syria.
(Also note the vague phrase “Iranian-backed” could mean a variety of different forces) https://t.co/CLv8w1fomZ
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) February 25, 2021
Pakistani novelist and commentator Fatima Bhutto, drawing parallels between Biden and Trump and their dangerous Middle East policy, said the “American power” is the kind of power “that bombs Syria in the middle of a pandemic”.
American power is American power. Trump or Biden, it’s the absolute same thing: the kind of power that bombs Syria in the middle of a pandemic, that has money for war but not healthcarehttps://t.co/899s7eCLhb— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) February 26, 2021
Richard Medhurst, a British-Syrian journalist, said the US claim on the strike is the “same old lame excuse the Israelis use to bomb Syria on a weekly basis,” adding that the Iran-Syria cooperation should be “none of the US’ business.”
“US carries out airstrike on Iranian-backed militia target”: this is the same old lame excuse the Israelis use to bomb Syria on a weekly basis. They must be happy.
Syria and Iran are allies and cooperate on many issues incl. the military. That’s frankly none of the US’ business.— Richard Medhurst 🇸🇾🇵🇸 (@richimedhurst) February 26, 2021
US journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen, said it is time for the US “to get out of Syria and Iraq”, since the Iraq parliament has already voted to expel the US military a year ago.
Biden’s Syria bombing is framed as retaliation for an attack on US troops by an Iraqi militia backed by Iran. Corporate media doesn’t mention that Iraq voted to expel the US military a year ago, which Biden and Trump refused to do. Time for the US to get out of Syria and Iraq. https://t.co/8Z51SqNuO8 pic.twitter.com/7OVX1GiXi3— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) February 26, 2021
Max Blumenthal, journalist and author, describing the US national security “in a nutshell” said the new US administration and its NATO allies are “protecting the remnants of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate in Idlib while bombing the forces that arrived in Syria to counter them”.
US “national security” in a nutshell: The Biden administration and its NATO allies are protecting the remnants of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate in Idlib while bombing the forces that arrived in Syria to counter them https://t.co/PG3nMCJf7n— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) February 26, 2021
The strike also drew sharp reactions in Iran, with many observers, activists and academics denouncing it as a fool-hardy provocation.
Senior academic and political commentator Mohammad Marandi said the US-affiliated media says “Iranian-backed” because they “don’t want to admit they are murdering Iraqi troops fighting ISIS”.
US regime affiliated media says “Iranian backed,” because they don’t want to admit they are murdering Iraqi troops fighting ISIS
Significantly, ISIS is also using US occupied territory in Syria to attack Syrian soldiers
By murdering young Iraqis, Biden wants to look masculine https://t.co/0DjH0BGcUn
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) February 26, 2021
Poet and writer Masoud Mortazavi said it is “ridiculous to blame Iran” for not restraining people in the neighborhood “who resist US invasion and occupation of their countries”.
Honest accounting of the truth in the field is the first step to a sane foreign policy.
The US media cannot even bring themselves to say, honestly, that
***”The people in the region are resisting our invasion and occupation forces.”***
Newspeak is the name of their game.
— masood mortazavi (@mortazavi) February 26, 2021
According to local sources, at least one fighter was killed and four others were injured in the attack.