The United States released airstrikes in Syria on Thursday targeting Iranian-backed militia teams in the very first known offensive military procedure executed by the Biden management.
The Department of Protection said the strikes are a response to current rocket assaults versus Americans in Iraq, consisting of one in which a private contractor working with American forces was eliminated and a number of United States solution participants were harmed. Officials think the Feb. 15 attack in Erbil, Iraq, was performed by Shia militants.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby in a declaration called the United States operation a “proportionate military response.“
“United States officials said that overnight airstrikes ordered by Mr. Biden hit a collection of buildings on the Syrian side of a border crossing with Iraq on Thursday and targeted members of the Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah and an affiliated group.
A Kataib Hezbollah official said that one of his group’s fighters had been killed in the airstrikes. A statement by the group later described the dead fighter as a member of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, a collection of paramilitaries that includes Kataib Hezbollah and is officially part of Iraqi government security forces.
But Iranian state television and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a conflict monitor based in Britain, reported that 17 fighters had been killed in the airstrikes, which occurred near Abu Kamal, Syria, just across the border from Iraq.”Source