In February 2021, Joe Biden ordered limited strikes in Syria in response to rocket attacks in Iraq. On Sunday, he has repeated the same action in Syria along with Iraq in response to drone attacks.
The US military in a statement said that it has targeted 2 operational and weapon storage locations in Syria and one location in Iraq.
The US President, Joe Biden has decided to carry attacks on Syria and Iraq as the Iran-backed militant groups have attacked the US troops in Iraq. Pentagon believes that Iran-backed militia including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada are the masterminds behind these attacks.
However, the military officials have not addressed the casualties that were caused during these attacks.
This is the second time US President Joe Biden has ordered retaliation attacks on Syria as well as on Iraq since taking office 5 months ago. The U.S. military carried out strikes with F-15 and F-16 aircrafts.
In a statement the Pentagon said –
As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel,
The officials also said –
We assess each strike hit the intended targets,
Interestingly, Biden and the White House declined to comment on these strikes on Sunday.
It is to be remembered that the Biden administration has Indicated re-entering the Iran Nuclear deal. Earlier, Iran-aligned militant commander Qasim Muslih was released by Iraq in June. He was arrested in May on terrorism-related charges. But later they have to release him because of a lack of sufficient evidence which could prove his crime. Iraq’s government is struggling to deal with militias ideologically aligned with Iran.
Iran-backed militias carried out at least five drone attacks against facilities used by U.S. and coalition personnel in Iraq since April.