- Thursday’s US airstrikes in Syria were the first military operation during Joe Biden’s presidency
- The US military operation was retaliatory in nature and Washington’s reaction was to “the recent attacks on American targets in Iraq and the threats against the United States.”
- This is the first attack in two months on Western military or diplomatic installations in Iraq, where about 2,500 people are currently stationed. American soldiers
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As the Pentagon spokesman explained in a statement John KirbyThe US military operation was retaliatory in nature, and Washington’s reaction was “to the recent attacks on American targets in Iraq and the threats against the United States.”
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 17 fighters were killed in a US Air Force attack on Thursday.
Kirby also stressed that “President Joe Biden’s decision to launch air strikes in Syria came in consultation with US allies.” “The military activities were accompanied by diplomatic efforts,” he added.
A Pentagon spokesman said, “The operation sends a clear message that President Biden will act to protect US personnel and coalition forces.”
The American leadership affirms that it has made every effort to ensure that the measures taken are balanced. “Our goal is to reduce the escalation of tensions in northern Syria and Iraq,” the press release said. Pentagon Released Thursday evening.
It explained that the attacks targeted facilities used by Iranian-affiliated Shiite militias: Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful paramilitary groups in Iraq, and the Sayyid al-Shahd Brigades, which are particularly active in Syria.
On February 15, it bombed an air base where US forces were stationed in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. A civilian cooperating with the US military was killed and five wounded, including an American soldier.
Later this week, officials in Washington said they did not know which group carried out the attack. But they stressed that, in the past, Iranian-backed Shiite groups were responsible for missile attacks against US personnel or facilities in Iraq.
This is the first attack in two months on Western military or diplomatic installations in Iraq, where about 2,500 people are currently stationed. American soldiers. Less than a week later, another missile was fired at the base. Another attack took place on Monday – this time against US facilities located in the so-called Green Zone Baghdad.
Just over a year ago, after the bombing of bases in Iraq, US President Donald Trump authorized an attack in which a general was killed. Qassem SoleimaniCommander of the Iranian Elite Forces in Jerusalem. As a result, at the beginning of the year, Iran and the United States were on the brink of a major direct military conflict.
In the first weeks following Biden’s inauguration, the new administration in Washington essentially emphasized the need to pay more attention to the challenges China faces in terms of its foreign policy priorities. In the context of Middle East policy, what is most talked about is the possible return of the United States to the international nuclear agreement with Iran.
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