The airstrikes come after a series of recent rocket attacks that occured in Iraq and targeted US assets. While the US said it is still investigating the attacks, State Department said that rockets used in the attacks were “Iranian-made” and “Iranian-supplied”.
On Thursday, following media reports that the US had carried out an airstrike against “Iran-backed” militia assets on Syrian territory, the US Department of Defense confirmed the information, saying that airstrikes were conducted in response to recent attacks in Iraq.
According to the DoD statement, multiple facilities that had been used by militant groups, such as Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, were destroyed.
The Pentagon highlighted that the attack, described as a “proportionate military response”, was conducted “together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners”.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that at least 17 pro-Iran fighters were killed in the airstrikes.
According to The Washington Post, citing an anonymous US official, the single strike targeted “a cluster of buildings and was believed to have killed up to a handful of people”.
Reuters reported earlier, citing unnamed US officials, that the United States by Biden’s order, had conducted an airstrike targeting a “structure belonging to what it said were Iran-backed militia”.
According to Reuters, the move “appeared to…