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US told Iran it was not involved in Damascus attack

The White House said that it conveyed a message to Iran that Washington was not involved in the air strike that targeted the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

That attack killed three top Iranian military officials.

"We communicated to Iran that the US had no involvement in the strike that happened in Damascus and we have warned Iran not to use this attack as a pretext to escalate further in the region or to attack US facilities or personnel," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Iran vowed a response to the attack and also said that the US bore responsibility for the strike, which Tehran blamed on Israel.