WASHINGTON — The U.S. army, beneath the route of President Joe Biden, carried out airstrikes Sunday towards what it stated had been “services utilized by Iran-backed militia teams” close to the border between Iraq and Syria.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby stated the militias had been utilizing the services to launch unmanned aerial automobile assaults towards U.S. troops in Iraq.
Kirby stated the U.S. army focused three operational and weapons storage services — two in Syria and one in Iraq.
He described the airstrikes as “defensive,” saying they had been launched in response to the assaults by Iran-backed teams.
“America took mandatory, applicable, and deliberate motion designed to restrict the danger of escalation — but additionally to ship a transparent and unambiguous deterrent message,” Kirby stated.
Sunday’s strikes mark the second time the Biden administration has taken army motion within the area. In February, the U.S. launched airstrikes towards services in Syria, close to the Iraqi border, that it stated had been utilized by Iranian-backed militia teams.
The Pentagon stated these strikes had been retaliation for a rocket assault in Iraq in February that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and different coalition troops.
At the moment, Biden stated Iran ought to view his resolution to authorize U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a warning that it could possibly count on penalties for its assist of militia teams that threaten U.S. pursuits or personnel.
“You possibly can’t act with impunity. Watch out,” Biden stated when a reporter requested what message he had meant to ship.
On Sunday, Kirby stated Biden “has been clear that he’ll act to guard U.S. personnel. Given the continued collection of assaults by Iran-backed teams concentrating on U.S. pursuits in Iraq, the President directed additional army motion to disrupt and deter such assaults.”
The Pentagon spokesman added: “As a matter of worldwide regulation, america acted pursuant to its proper of self-defense. The strikes had been each mandatory to handle the menace and appropriately restricted in scope.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated in an announcement Sunday that the U.S. airstrikes “seem like a focused and proportional response to a critical and particular menace,” including, “Defending the army heroes who defend our freedoms is a sacred precedence.”