Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden directed military forces to conduct defensive precision airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region on Sunday evening, the Us Department of Defense confirmed.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a prwss release:”The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq. Specifically, the US strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both of which lie close to the border between those countries.”
John Kirby said that as demonstrated by this evening’s airstrikes, President Joe Biden has been clear that he will act to protect US personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting US interests in Iraq, President Biden directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks.
Returning to the White House Sunday evening from a weekend at Camp David, the president did not stop to answer questions about the airstrikes, telling reporters gathered on the South Lawn, “I’ll talk to you tomorrow.”
In a statement on Sunday evening, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the airstrikes “appear to be a targeted and proportional response to a serious and specific threat.”
She said that protecting the military heroes who defend our freedoms is a sacred priority, adding that “Congress looks forward to receiving and reviewing the formal notification of this operation under the War Powers Act and to receiving additional briefings from the Administration.”