The US began carrying out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq on Friday evening. The attacks are in retaliation after three American soldiers were killed in a drone attack on a military base in Jordan last Sunday.
The targets of the attacks are the ‘Quds Force’, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and other militias in Iraq and Syria, the US Central Command, the US military command for the Middle East, said. 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.
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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.
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.