The United States carries out retaliatory strikes in Syria and Iraq after the deaths of three American soldiers

The United States carries out retaliatory strikes in Syria and Iraq after the deaths of three American soldiers
The United States carries out retaliatory strikes in Syria and Iraq after the deaths of three American soldiers
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The targets of the attacks are the Quds Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and other militias in Iraq and Syria, according to the US Central Command, the American military command for the Middle East.

The Americans say they hit more than 85 targets with more than 125 precision missiles. Command and information centers, as well as missiles and a storage facility for drones, were hit. At least 18 pro-Iranian fighters were killed in the attacks, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian state television also reports several deaths and injuries.

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The attacks are in response to a drone strike by Iranian-backed militants on Jordan’s Tower 22 military base on Sunday, which killed three US service members and injured more than 40 others. President Joe Biden attended another ceremony on Friday in memory of the slain soldiers.

According to American sources, the US will take military action against targets in Iraq and Syria for several more days. Before the attacks, the US defense secretary told NBC news channel that the US was planning a “multi-level response”. The White House held Iran responsible for the attack and promised a “consistent response.” Iran denies involvement in that attack.

Sitting Ducks

In the US, the action is being viewed with suspicion. The White House must send a strong signal, but at the same time does not want to end up in a war with Iran. According to media reports, this latest signal was conveyed to the ayatollahs in Tehran in recent days. Iran had indicated that it would retaliate harshly in the event of an attack on its own territory.

Republicans had urged the president to strike mercilessly, including on Iranian soil. They blamed Biden for the American troops ‘sitting ducks’ to make. Donald Trump called the attack against US troops a consequence of the weakness of Biden’s policies.

“Our response began today and will continue wherever and whenever we want,” Biden said late Friday evening (Belgian time). According to the American president, the United States “does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world.” But, he warned: “Anyone who wants to hit us should know: If you harm an American, we will respond.”

U.S. soldiers have been repeatedly targeted by pro-Iranian fighters in Iraq and Syria since the war in Gaza broke out, but Sunday marked the first time U.S. soldiers have been killed by attacks in the region.

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