The United States carried out multiple attacks on Friday evening on positions of elite military units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Iranian allies in Iraq and Syria. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights at least eighteen people were killed.
The Pentagon confirms the American airstrikes.
The US has with more than 125 precision munitions at least 85 targets, according to Centcom, the US Military Command for the Middle East, on X. This would include command posts, information centers and storage facilities for drones and missiles.
The attacks are seen as retaliation for the deaths of American soldiers in Jordan on Sunday. There, an American base was attacked with a drone, resulting in three deaths and dozens of injuries. According to the US, the drone attack was carried out by Iran’s allies. A ceremony took place in the US on Friday in honor of the soldiers, whose bodies arrived back in their home country on Friday.
“Our response started today. It will continue at the times we want,” said dUS President Joe Biden responds to the attack. ‘The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But let anyone who wants to harm us know this: If you harm an American, we will respond.”
It was the first time that American troops have been killed by enemy fire in the Middle East since the start of the war in Gaza. Jordan has condemned the ‘terrorist attack’ on the Americans.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US “will take all necessary steps to defend the United States, our troops and our interests,” according to CNN. The White House said the mission, which lasted about 20 minutes, was “a success.”
CNN reports, based on American officials, that the US is not planning to carry out air strikes on Iran itself. Attacking Iran would mean a huge escalation of tensions, which the sources say is unlikely. (ANP/Belga)