The attack – which was ordered by the US president without Damascus’ consent – targeted facilities operated by “Iranian-backed militia”, with the Pentagon saying that it was in retaliation for rocket strikes against US and allies’ facilities in Iraq.
According to Washington, the airstrikes aimed at destroying facilities allegedly operated by Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada groups, which are part of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), responsible for fighting against Daesh in the region. However, the United States claims they operate as “Iranian proxies.”
The US strikes came following rocket attacks hitting the Green Zone in Baghdad – where the US embassy is also located, and after an earlier attack targeting the US military base at the Erbil International Airport. According to Black, it is even “unlikely” that the American leadership in fact knows who launched the strikes.
“The Biden Administration chose to use the rocket attacks on the Green Zone as a pretext to attack Iraqi (anti-terror) forces, who were effectively blocking Daesh militants from operating along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The attacks targeted sovereign Syrian territory and were in clear violation of international law,” the former state senator said.
Black drew widespread attention after he visited Syrian President…