The United States has attacked targets in Syria and Iraq. These follow an attack on an American base in Jordan a few weeks ago, which left three dead and forty injured. “Our response began today,” President Joe Biden said.
Syrian state media report that “American aggression” has left several dead and injured in the Syrian desert and near the border with Iraq. Six pro-Iranian fighters have been killed in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. The numbers have not been independently determined.
The US Department of Defense reports that it has carried out airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, among others, were targeted, as well as militias affiliated with that movement.
More than 85 targets are said to have been hit. Command centers, intelligence centers and ammunition stores are said to have been bombarded. Storage facilities for unmanned aircraft are also believed to have been targeted.
The attacks are believed to be the first in a series of US retaliation for the recent attack in Jordan. Biden said those attacks were the work of “radical Iranian-backed militant groups active in Syria and Iraq.”
Biden said on Friday that facilities used to attack the US had been targeted. “Our response began today and continues wherever and whenever we want.” He emphasized that the US is not looking for a conflict in the Middle East or elsewhere in the world.
Iraq condemned the US attacks on Iraqi territory and called it “a violation of Iraqi sovereignty”. It also warned of “disastrous consequences for the stability of Iraq and the region.”
First American death since unrest in the Middle East
It was the first time that US service members have been killed by enemy fire in the Middle East since the October 7 Hamas attack and the outbreak of war in Gaza, it was reported. CNN about the attack in Jordan.
The US and its partners in Iraq and Syria have been attacked more than a hundred times since the unrest in the Middle East. Those attacks did not cause serious injuries or damage to infrastructure, according to U.S. officials.
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