After Americans in Iraq were attacked by drones, the United States launched air strikes against Iranian-backed militants on the Syrian border
The Pentagon confirmed that President Joe Biden ordered air strikes against Iranian-backed militants in Syria and Iraq after drones attacked US troops in the area.
The president is “Take action to protect the United States” because his government launched attacks on two US targets Syria with one Iraq The Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement that it was close to the border.
He stated that the target location was used by militia groups including Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada for “war and weapons” storage.
Kirby added that these facilities can launch drone attacks on U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.
“As shown by the strike tonight, President Biden has made it clear that he will take action to protect American personnel,” Kirby said.
“Given the ongoing series of attacks Iran-backed groups In response to US interests in Iraq, the President directed further military actions to disrupt and prevent such attacks. “
It is not clear whether there were casualties in the strike.
Kirby said that Biden’s behavior was to “protect American personnel in Iraq,” and domestic law granted him power.
He added that according to international law, the United States has reasons to conduct air strikes as self-defense.
Kirby said in the statement: “We came to Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, with the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi security forces in combating the Islamic State.”
He added: “The United States has taken necessary, appropriate, and deliberate actions to limit the risk of escalation-but at the same time it has sent a clear and clear message of deterrence.”
“Strikes are both necessary to respond to threats, but also to appropriately limit the scope.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi praised the air strikes as a “targeted and proportional response.”
According to reports, this happened after the hardliner Ibrahim Raisi was elected as the new president of Iran. New York Post.
“Protecting the military heroes who defend our freedom is a sacred priority,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“This Iranian-backed militia These facilities were used to carry out attacks that threatened American service personnel and our allies.
She added: “Congress looks forward to receiving and reviewing the official notification of this action under the War Powers Act and hopes to receive more briefings from the government.”
Biden Administration Previous air strikesIn February in Syria near the Iraqi border.
This move aroused strong opposition from progressive Democrats.
After taking military action without consulting with Congress, Republicans also criticized this.
The Pentagon claimed at the time that the air strike was retaliatory and a “defensive” move.
According to reports, the attacked facility was also used by Iranian-backed militia groups.
It was carried out after a rocket attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq killed a contractor and injured a U.S. soldier.
However, a senior Iranian official claimed that Biden’s February strike expanded Islamic State’s activities on the border between Syria and Iraq.
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Biden said at the time that Iran should regard his decision to authorize US air strikes in Syria as a warning.
He said that if it supports militia organizations that threaten U.S. interests or personnel, there will be consequences. Associated Press reports.
“You can’t get away with it. Be careful,” Biden said.