White House: Syria Strikes ‘Aimed at Sending a Message’ That Biden Will Act to ‘Protect Americans’

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Washington also says that its future actions will be aimed at ‘de-escalating tensions’ in the region.

Thursday’s airstrikes against “Iran-backed,” Baghdad-allied Iraqi militias in eastern Syria were a “necessary” self-defence measure designed to reduce the danger of further attacks, and sent a message to America’s adversaries that President Biden is “going to act to protect Americans,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki has announced.

Calling the strikes “proportionate” and saying they had undergone a “thorough legal process,” the spokeswoman suggested they were carried out in accordance with Biden’s presidential authority under the US Constitution “to defend US personnel.”

In a separate statement, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that Thursday’s attack saw two US F-15 jets fire a total of seven precision-guided missiles at two facilities in eastern Syria, destroying them.

Earlier Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was informed about the planned attacks just four-five minutes before they began, and suggested that “this was a kind of notification when the strike was already being carried out.” 

Thursday’s attack was the first aggression of its kind by the Biden administration. The previous administration attacked the war-torn country on three separate occasions in 2017, 2018 and 2019, with the last of the strikes targeting Kata’ib Hezbollah – an Iraqi government-allied Shia militia…

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