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US Military Conducts Airstrike On Iranian-Backed Militia In Syria

By February 27, 2021News, Print

As published by Euro Weekly by

The Pentagon has confirmed that President Joe Biden, on Thursday evening (February 25), authorised airstrikes by the US military to target Iranian-backed militias along Iraq’s border with eastern Syria, in retaliation for recent rocket strikes in Erbil, northern Iraq, on February 15, that left several Americans injured.

Kirby continued, “These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and coalition personnel in Iraq and to ongoing threats to those personnel. Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS)”.

“This proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners”, he added, “The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq”.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East and an ABC News contributor commented, “Thursday’s airstrike was probably calculated and scaled to avoid an escalation and send a message that Iran’s use of militias as proxies will not allow them to avoid responsibility”.
Adding, “The decision to strike in Syria instead of Iraq was likely to avoid causing issues for the Iraqi government, a key partner in the continuing efforts against ISIS”.