The United States has conducted air strikes on Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria. According to the Pentagon, it was a retaliation for drone attacks on US targets and coalition forces that carried out the militias.
An army statement states that, among other things, an arms depot has been hit. The posts were reportedly staffed by warriors of militia like Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, who according to the US have often attacked US targets.
The Pentagon has not disclosed if any victims have occurred. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says five militia fighters have died and several injured.
Second Series Attacks
“The attacks show that President Biden intends to protect U.S. soldiers,” says the Pentagon statement. To Reuters news agency, two defense sources say that Irans affiliated militias have carried out at least five drone attacks on US military since April. The Pentagon called these bombings self-defense.
The air strikes were carried out under the direct command of President Biden. It is the second time since he commissioned air strikes on Iran-backed militias. Biden did so in February, when it was about targets in Syria. The Pentagon warned at that time that Biden would not travel back to “protect U.S. troops and coalition troops”.