Daily US Times: After the first known air strike under Biden’s presidency, things started to come out what damage caused by the attack. A local resident said under the condition of anonymity for security reasons, that the explosions were unlike anything he had heard before.
He is a resident of al-Bukamal, a city near the Syrian-Iraqi border, was jarred from his sleep. What he likely heard was the sound of seven 500-pound bombs slamming into a compound near the border. According to the Pentagon, the compound was used by two Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada.
Before-and-after satellite images released by a space technology company named Maxar Technologies, show vividly just how much destruction those bombs wrought.
The “before” image shows a compound, just over a third of a kilometer from the Iraqi border, containing around a dozen buildings of various sizes. Almost all the buildings have been destroyed, in the “after” image, and the dirt in and around the compound blackened by the blasts. The damage is not yet recognized by the militia group.
It is not clear how many militiamen were killed.
Kata’ib Hezbollah acknowledged only one dead, without specifying where on the Iraqi-Syrian border he died. A official of the US said “up to a handful” were killed, while other reports claim anywhere between 17 and 22 people died.
The Pentagon says the air strike was intended as a response from the United States to a series of recent rocket and mortar attacks on US and coalition positions in Iraq.