The US military on Thursday launched an airstrike in Syria on a structure belonging to an Iranian-backed paramilitary group. Reuters was the first to report this. A Pentagon source confirmed this information in a commentary to Voice of America.
According to the interlocutor of the Voice of America, the blow was struck on “a target used by several groups supported by Iran.” The source added that the attack was carried out to prevent further gunfire by the militants, and “in response to recent shelling by US and coalition forces.”
Reuters sources confirmed that the attack against Iranian-backed militants in Syria was approved by President Joe Biden.
A little later, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced that a “defensive precision strike” was launched tonight on targets in Syria associated with the militant groups Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada. Both groups enjoy the support of Iran.
According to Kirby, the airstrikes against militants based in eastern Syria were carried out “at the direction of President Biden.” As a result of the strikes, the US military destroyed a number of facilities located at a border checkpoint used by militants supported by Iran.
“This commensurate military response was carried out along with diplomatic measures, including consultations with Coalition partners. This operation is a clear signal that President Biden will act to protect American and coalition military personnel. At the same time, we … are striving to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq, ”the Pentagon spokesman added.
Michael McCall, the top Republican on the House Foreign Relations Committee, supported the military’s actions.
“I have called on the administration to respond to the recent attacks on US and Coalition forces, and I thank (the administration) for that. Such responses are a necessary deterrent and remind Iran, its puppets and our adversaries around the world that attacks on American forces are unacceptable. I thank the President and our troops for protecting Americans overseas, ”McCall said.