- US government orders bombing of military base in Syria
- This represents Biden’s first military action as president.
- Apparently, the attack was a ‘retaliation’
US government orders bombing of military base in Syria. The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday against facilities near the Iraqi border, The Associated Press reports.
These facilities were used by military groups backed by Iran. The Pentagon said the attacks were in “retaliation” for a missile strike in Iraq in early February, an attack that killed a civilian contractor and injured a US service member, the news agency said.
Biden’s first bombing of Syria
“This provided military response was carried out in conjunction with diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.
Biden bombing Syria
“The operation sends an unequivocal message: President Biden will act to protect US and coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to reduce the overall situation in eastern Syria and Iraq, ”he added.
These recent attacks “destroyed multiple facilities at a border checkpoint used by various Iranian-backed militant groups,” however he did not offer further details at the time of writing.
The Biden administration condemned the February 15 attack near the town of Irbil. Officials have pointed out that in the past, Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups have been “responsible for numerous attacks,” notes The Associated Press.
February 15 attack
A little-known Shiite militia group calling itself the Saraya Awliya al-Dam, or Brigade of the Blood Guardians in Arabic, claimed responsibility for the February 15 bombing.
A week later, a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone appeared to target the US embassy compound, but there were no injuries, The Associated Press reported.
This week, Iran claimed it has no ties to the Bloodguard Brigade.
Previous Israeli attack
Israel launched several missiles ten days ago against areas near the Syrian capital Damascus, according to the Syrian state news agency.
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Six Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the airstrikes, according to a group that monitors the war in Syria.
They shot down ‘almost all’ the missiles
Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down nearly all of the missiles, which were launched from the Golan Heights, an Israeli-occupied area of Syria, according to the SANA news agency.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the war through a network of activists on the ground, said the attacks had hit positions of the Syrian Army’s Fourth Division in the mountains near a highway connecting Damascus with Beirut, the Lebanese capital.
Another missile hit Syrian military positions in Kisweh, south of Damascus, The Associated Press reported.
Consequences after the Israeli attack
Of the six Iranian-backed fighters killed, four were near the highway and two in Kisweh, according to the Observatory. The attacks also affected both arsenals at the two points, the group added.
Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on Iran-linked military targets in Syria in recent years, although it rarely acknowledges or comments on those operations.
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