Iran’s Alleged Diplomatic Forewarnings Spark Dispute Amid Rising Tensions

Iran reportedly issued advanced notices of its drone and missile strike on Israel, according to Turkish, Jordanian, and Iraqi officials.

However, US authorities dispute these claims, asserting they received no such warnings from Tehran. The attack, launched in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian embassy compound in Syria, involved hundreds of drones and missiles.

Although most were intercepted before reaching Israeli territory, a young girl sustained critical injuries, fueling concerns of further escalation.

Dispute over Iran’s alleged warnings increases (Credits: Al Jazeera)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian stated that Iran had given neighboring countries and the US a 72-hour notice prior to the strikes.

Turkish authorities confirmed communication with both Washington and Tehran before the attack, serving as intermediaries to ensure proportionate responses.

Despite these assertions, a senior official in the Biden administration refuted Amirabdollahian’s statement, claiming the US had no prior knowledge of the attack.

Iraqi sources revealed that Iran had informed Baghdad about the imminent attack through diplomatic channels several days in advance.

Iran's retaliatory strike follows suspected Israeli attack on Syrian embassy (Credits: AFP)
Iran’s retaliatory strike follows a suspected Israeli attack on the Syrian embassy (Credits: AFP)

This information allowed Iraqi authorities to close airspace, averting potential casualties. Jordanian officials disclosed that Iran had notified Arab envoys in Tehran of their intentions, though without specifying the timing.

While Iran purportedly communicated the scheduled day of the attack to the US through diplomatic channels, tensions continue to mount in the region.

President Biden, expressing disapproval of any Israeli retaliation, emphasized the US’s non-participation in such actions. Israeli Minister Benny Gantz affirmed Israel’s resolve to respond to Iran’s aggression at an appropriate time and manner.