The United States bombed alleged pro-Iranian militia positions in Syria on Thursday, the first attack ordered by President Joe Biden since coming to power, the Pentagon reported. “Under instructions from President Biden, US military forces tonight carried out air strikes against infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” Washington said in a statement.
The United States claimed that the air strikes destroyed “several facilities” located at a border checkpoint near Iraq and used by Kataib Hezbollah and another pro-Iranian militia. The Pentagon claims the bombing is a response to recent attacks on US and international coalition troops in Iraq, as well as “continuing threats” against these personnel. “This operation sends an unequivocal message: President Biden will act to protect US and coalition personnel,” he says in his statement.RELATED
The United States embassy in Baghdad was the target of an attack on Monday when two Katiusha-type rockets hit outside its facilities in the middle of the Green Zone.
A week earlier, on the 15th, a US soldier was wounded and a contractor died in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, after the impact of several “katiushas”, three of them at the airport in the capital.
Attacks on US facilities in Iraq have increased since the United States killed powerful Iranian commander Qasem Soleimaní in a targeted bombing in Baghdad in January 2020, an action that was widely criticized by Iraqi political forces and the country’s pro-Iranian militias.
Little-known armed groups are often held responsible for attacks on the Green Zone, but Washington directly blames Kataib Hezbollah, an Iraqi militia financed directly by Iran, rather than the US. classified as a terrorist organization.