The Pentagon said that the US has carried out airstrikes against the Iran-backed militia groups in Syria. It further added that the attack destroyed several facilities located at the border control point, which is often used by terrorist groups.
It was the first military action ordered by President Joe Biden since he assumed the presidential office in January. The decision was taken in response to the attacks against the US army and coalition personnel in Iraq. Earlier this month, an American military contractor was killed in a rocket attack. Moreover, on February 15, a US service member and five other civilian contractors were also injured in the strikes in Ibril.
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Previously, several rockets have struck American bases in the Iraqi capital, including Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses the US embassy and several other diplomatic missions. Pentagon named Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada and Kataib Hezbollah as the two of the Tehran-backed groups it targeted in Thursday’s airstrikes.
Washington dubbed the airstrikes as the military response was taken together with the diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners. Besides, the Pentagon said in the statement that the strikes sent an “unambiguous” message. It said, “President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”
Although the American officials did not confirm any fatalities, an international observatory for human rights stated that the latest strikes had killed as many as seventeen Tehran-backed fighters. Associated Press reported that the US attack destroyed three lories carrying ammunition.
On the other hand, Kataib Hezbollah had denied any involvement in the recent attacks, Biden’s secretary of defense Lloyd Austin said that he was “confident in the target that we went after”. Reuters quoted official sources and reported that the US wanted to send a signal while America wanted to punish the militia groups, it did not want to escalate the tensions in the region.
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