Earlier this Friday, the United States launched an attack on Iranian militia groups established in Syria.
The bombing of the two facilities was authorized by the US president himself, Joe Biden. The Pentagon announced this and indicated that these were establishments affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
They indicated that the attack in eastern Syria was a response to those carried out against the US forces in Iraq and Syria, in the context of the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
“At the direction of President Biden, US military forces carried out self-defense strikes against two facilities in eastern Syria used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran (IRGC) and affiliated groups. “The strikes in self-defense in response to a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups that began on October 17,” the statement said. at the Pentagon.
Joe Biden, President of the United States. Source: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
The Department of Defense reported that, as a result of the attacks, one contractor was killed and 21 soldiers were slightly injured. “The president has no higher priority than the safety of American personnel and is ordering action today to make clear that the United States will not tolerate such attacks and will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests,” emphasized the ministry.
The US government assured that “it does not seek conflict and has no intention or desire to engage in a new conflict, but these Iranian-backed attacks against US forces are unacceptable and must be stopped.” Iran wants to hide its hand and deny its role in the attacks against our forces. We will not let them down. If the attacks of Iranian representatives against us. “The forces continue, we will not hesitate to take the necessary measures to protect our people.”
“These specifically designed self-defense strikes are intended solely to protect and defend US personnel in Iraq and Syria. They are separate and distinct from the current conflict between Israel and Hamas and are not a change in our attitude to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. “We continue to urge all states and non-state entities not to take steps that could lead to a wider regional conflict,” the document is complete.
The attacks were carried out by two F-16 fighters using precision munitions, US officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The targets attacked were an arms warehouse and an ammunition depot located near the city of Abu Kamal, on the Iraqi border, used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its militias.