The airstrikes are claimed to be in retaliation for the previous attacks targeting US personnel and facilities in Iraq. The latter has recently seen an uptick in the number of such kinds of attacks, namely in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, and near Baghdad International airport.
The United States has conducted “defensive precision airstrikes” targeting facilities allegedly used by Iranian-backed military groups at the Iraq-Syrian border, the Department of Defense said on Sunday.
“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region. The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
US Airstrike in Syria Likely Killed Child, State Media Report
Syrian state television reported that a US airstrike in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor likely left a child dead and three more injured. According to a correspondent of Al-Ikhbariya broadcaster, the military jet – likely a US one – attacked residential buildings near the town of Al Bukamal.
The US military assumes that each of the strikes hit targets and is now assessing the consequences, Pentagon spokesperson Jessica McNulty said. She also…