Iraq and Syria support militias hit by U.S. airstrikes



US President Joe Biden ordered an air strike on an Iran-backed militia group buried in the Iraqi-Syrian border area on Sunday night, conducting his second military operation in the area since Biden took office. ..

In a statement from the Pentagon, “defensive precision airstrikes” took place at facilities known to be used by “Iranian support militias engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on US personnel and facilities in Iraq.” Said that.

The defense department did not reveal whether they believed that someone was killed or injured.

“”[T]The United States is attacking targeted operations and weapons storage facilities in two locations in Syria and one in Iraq. Both are near the borders of these countries, “the statement added. ‘ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, please use the facility.

The ministry said the action indicates that the US president is ready to act at the invitation of the Iraqi government to protect Americans in Iraq. The US and Allied forces have fought alongside Iraqi security forces to defeat ISIS.

“The United States has taken necessary, appropriate and prudent actions designed to not only limit the risk of escalation, but also to send clear and clear deterrent messages. As a matter of international law, the United States defends itself. Acted in accordance with the right. Strikes were necessary to deal with the threat and the scope was appropriately limited. As a matter of domestic law, the president stated in his Article 2 to protect US personnel in Iraq. We took this action in accordance with our authority, “the statement explained.

The strike is in the midst of a tense period for the US and Iranian regimes, which have been working to broaden their influence on Iraqi politics and the Middle East. When tensions reached its limits during the Trump administration, the Pentagon killed Iranian chief military general Qasem Soleimani in retaliation for an attack approved by Iran’s support militia at the US embassy in Baghdad. I saw. Rocket attack on US troops and allied forces in the area.

Solei Mani and his Kudforce were responsible for the deaths and injuries of hundreds of Americans and Allied members, “the State Department said at the time.

The Iraqi parliament is of those who support the US presence in the region and those who support the Iranian Islamist regime, which is increasing its influence in Iraq through a militia group that says it is there to fight ISIS. It has been divided over the years. The militia has long been accused of launching rockets against the US military and killing peaceful democratic activists.

In early June, Iraq released Iran and allied militia commander Qasim Muslih, who was arrested on terrorist charges in May, after authorities determined that evidence against him was inadequate.

Officials said the U.S. military went on strike with F-15 and F-16 aircraft and successfully returned from duty with the addition of pilots.

Biden ordered a retaliation attack on Iran-backed militias in February after a rocket attack on US personnel and facilities in Iraq.

The strike happened even when the Biden administration was exploring the possibility of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

His critics say Iran is unreliable and point to drone strikes as further evidence that Iran and its agents never accept the presence of US troops in Iraq and Syria.

Biden and the White House declined to comment on Sunday’s strike.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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