The attack marked the second time US President Joe Biden has ordered retaliatory attacks against armed groups since he took office.
The United States said on Sunday that it carried out a round of air strikes against Iranian-backed armed groups in Iraq and Syria in response to drone attacks on U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.
The US military said in a statement that its targets are combat and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq. It did not say whether it believed that someone was killed or injured.
These attacks were carried out at the direction of President Joe Biden, and this is the second time he has ordered retaliatory attacks against Iranian-backed militias since he took office five months ago.Biden ordered limited bombing of a target in Syria for the last time FebruaryAt that time, it was in response to the rocket attack in Iraq.
The Pentagon said in a statement: “As the strike tonight has shown, President Biden has made it clear that he will take action to protect American personnel.”
Even if the Biden administration is seeking a potential strike Restart the 2015 nuclear agreement with IranThe strike seems to indicate Biden’s efforts to divide defensive strikes to protect American personnel, while at the same time making diplomatic contacts with Tehran.
His critics say that Iran is not credible, and point out that the drone attack further proves that Iran and its proxies will never accept the U.S. military presence in Iraq or Syria.
Biden and the White House declined to comment on Sunday’s strike.
Since the beginning of this year, US interests in Iraq have been attacked more than 40 times. As part of the League of Nations, 2,500 US troops have been deployed to fight the remnants of the Islamic State Group.
The vast majority were bombs targeting logistics convoys, and 14 were rocket attacks, some of which were claimed by pro-Iran factions to force Washington to withdraw all troops.
The attack occurred one day after Iraqi Kurdish officials said that three drones carrying explosives attacked near the northern Iraqi city of Albil, where the United States has a consulate there.
It also happened when Hashed al-Shaabi, a pro-Iranian paramilitary coalition opposed to the US presence in Iraq, held a military parade near Baghdad. Senior officials participated in the military parade.
Two U.S. officials, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that since April, Iran-backed militias have carried out at least five drone attacks on facilities used by U.S. and coalition personnel in Iraq.
The Pentagon stated that the target facility was used by Iran-backed militia groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
A defense official said that one of the target facilities was used to launch and recover drones.
The US military used F-15 and F-16 jet fighters in the attack and stated that the pilots returned safely.