The US Air Force launched airstrikes Sunday on targets of Iranian-backed groups in the Iraqi-Syrian border. This is stated in a circulated written statement by a Pentagon spokesman. Jonah Kirby.
“At the direction of the president [США Джо] Biden, the US military launched defensive precision airstrikes tonight against targets used by Iranian-backed armed groups in the Iraqi-Syrian border region, ”Kirby said.
According to him, the targets were chosen because they are “used by Iranian-backed armed groups that are carrying out unmanned aerial vehicle attacks against US troops and facilities in Iraq.” “In particular, American strikes were directed at operational facilities and weapons depots in two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, located near the border between these countries,” the statement explained. “Several Iranian-backed armed groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and “Kataib Seyyed al-Shuhada” used these objects. ”
Kirby believes that Biden, by ordering the airstrikes, “made it clear that he would act to protect American troops.”
“Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iranian-backed groups on American interests in Iraq, the president has ordered further military action to thwart and prevent such attacks,” the spokesman added.