The United States launched on June 27 airstrikes on facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq in retaliation for drone attacks.
“Specifically, the U.S. 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,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement.
“Several Iran-backed militia groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, used these facilities,” Kirby added.
Kirby further said that U.S. President Joe Biden ordered the airstrikes “to disrupt and deter” the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed militias against U.S. interests in Iraq.
“The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation — but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message,” Kirby said.
According to Navy Commander Jessica McNulty, the Iran-backed militias have launched five drone attacks against U.S. facilities, as well as allied troops, in Iraq since April.
McNulty added that the airstrikes hit their intended targets.
A defense official said that U.S. F-15 and F-16 warplanes carried out the airstrikes, according to newspaper USA Today.
The attack becomes the second strike against Iran-backed militias under the Biden administration.
Last February, Biden ordered airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria, near the Iraqi border, destroying nine buildings and damaged two.
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