The U.S. military has conducted offensive precision airstrikes against three facilities near the Iraq-Syria border region this weekend.
According to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, the facilities are used by several groups engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) defense against US soldiers and facilities in Iraq, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS).
As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel occupying properties abroad.
Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks.
The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of counter escalation – but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.
A U.S. defense official with knowledge of the strikes told Fox News that US Air Force F-15’s and F-16’s were used in the operation. The strikes took place at approximately 6 p.m. Eastern Time, or 1 a.m. local time.
At least one facility used by Iran’s militia forces to launch and recover drones was destroyed, the official added. Recent strikes by the crude drones have targeted Americans in Baghdad and Erbil in northern Iraq.
The official said he does not expect “a lot of casualties” from the Iranian-backed forces because of the time of the strike. On the other hand, Iranian missile strikes against US military bases did not kill anybody during the attacks.
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