US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia site

US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia site
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Daily US Times: US officials said the US military on Thursday strikes a site in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militia groups following rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks.

The strikes mark the US military’s first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias who are operating in the region.

John Kirby, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized not just to respond to recent attacks against American and coalition forces, but to deal with “ongoing threats to those personnel.”

Kirby said that President Biden conducted the strikes after consulting with US allies, including coalition partners.

Kirby said: “Specifically the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian backed militant groups including Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada.”

The Pentagon said the military strike sends an unambiguous message; President Biden will act to protect American coalition personnel. But at the same time ”we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in both Eastern Syria and Iraq.”

The military strikes were carried out to send a message about the recent attacks and to degrade the ability of the groups to carry out future attacks and the US official said.

A defense official said the decision to target the site in Syria was made from the “top down,” and was not because of a specific recommendation from the military.

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