“The president (Joe Biden) has made it clear that he will act to protect our personnel on the ground. We continue to reserve the right to respond to any attack at a time and place of our choosing. We will not hesitate to take new steps in our own defense,” White House Homeland Security spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference.
Attacks happen afterwards HE Pentagon confirmed that at least 21 US soldiers suffered minor injuries of 20 drone attacks by pro-Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria since October 17.
In addition, a civilian contractor employed by the US died of a heart attack while sheltering from attacks by pro-Iranians.
US and coalition forces They were attacked 14 different times in Iraq and six in Syria since October 17.
“Most of these attacks “They were stopped by the defense systems and did not achieve their goals.”Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said in a written statement.
The two bombings were launched Thursday in retaliation for US forces around Abu Kamal, according to Kirby, intended to “have a significant impact on the future operations of the IRGC and Iranian-backed militia groups.
So it is directed against “ammunition depots and storage facilities” which Washington said was known to be used by the groups.
“The main goal is to change their capacity. Also prevent and prevent future attacks. We are not interested in an escalation. “No one is looking for a conflict with Iran,” the US spokesman said.
Ryder pointed it out both facilities were destroyed and no casualties were recorded.
That attack, he emphasized, has nothing to do with the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas “and does not constitute a transfer of the American method” to it.
The Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, made it clear on Thursday that the attacks were “backed by Iran against US forces is unacceptable and must stop.”and developing that if these attacks continue, the United States will not hesitate to take “more necessary measures” to protect itself.