US forces began air strikes targeting Iranian-backed militants in Syria and Iraq in response to a series of attacks on US military bases in the region, including a drone attack that killed three US soldiers and wounded more than 40 others.
Washington's latest strikes come nearly a week after Sunday's deadly attack on a secret US base in Jordan, near the Syrian and Iraqi borders, called Tower 22. The retaliatory bombings are a sign of “The beginning of what will likely be a series of large-scale US strikes Iran-backed militias Who carried out attacks on American forces in the Middle East.” CNN reported on Friday, citing two unidentified US officials.
An anonymous Pentagon official Tell The New York Times reported that the air strikes on Friday targeted six locations in Iraq and Syria. “This represents a sharp escalation of war in the Middle East that the Biden administration has sought for four months to avoid.”
The attack on Tower 22 was “Planned, resourced and facilitated.” John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said on Wednesday that the Islamic resistance in Iraq. The group consists of multiple militias, including Kataib Hezbollah, which has launched several missile and drone attacks against US forces in the region since the war between Israel and Hamas began in October.
Kirby suggested that the American response be implemented over several days. He. She “It won't be just one case.” He said. “Like I said, the first thing you see won't be the last.” He added that Biden is still trying to avoid a broader war with Iran.
Media reports in recent days have raised concerns that Biden was telegraphing his plans and giving the militias too much time to take preparatory steps, such as evacuating obvious targets. Pentagon Secretary Lloyd Austin tried to dispel these concerns on Friday, denying that the administration had given Iran too many warnings. He said that the American response would be “multi-layer” He insisted that neither he nor Biden would tolerate attacks on US forces.
Biden blamed Iran for providing weapons that Islamic militants used to attack American forces in the Middle East more than 150 times since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. He has faced political pressure to respond forcefully, including calls from Republican lawmakers for devastating strikes inside Iran.
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