Joe Biden okayed an attack on Iranian-backed forces in Syria in response to Iranian rocket attacks aimed at military personnel in Iraq.
US Forces attacked a site in Syria used by Kataib Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias that have launched rocket attacks in the past against American forces.
President Trump went after Iran and not their puppets. But Biden signaled his interest in Syria, having sent in troops into a sovereign nation just 2 days after taking office.
More via ABC News (excerpt)
“The airstrike targeted structures in the eastern Syrian town of Al Bukamal that belong to Kataib Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias that have launched rocket attacks in the past against American facilities in Iraq, said the U.S. official. Another official described the airstrike as targeting a location through which smuggling occurred.”
Senior US official confirms the US military carried out a single airstrike in Syria against a single location used by Iranian backed militias- multiple facilities struck tonight. Pres Biden approved the attack.
Strike designed to deter rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq.
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) February 25, 2021
Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin posted more on Twitter:
“Senior US official confirms the US military carried out a single airstrike in Syria against a single location used by Iranian backed militias- multiple facilities struck tonight. Pres Biden approved the attack. Strike designed to deter rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq.”
On Tuesday Reuters reported an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq denied responsibility for a streak of three attacks on U.S. forces in recent weeks:
An Iran-aligned Iraqi militia group on Tuesday denied any role in recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq, but said an attack against Saudi Arabia last month was justified.
It is a rare direct denial and the first time the Kataib Hezbollah group, one of the Iraqi factions closest to Iran, has commented on the most serious incident this year, a rocket attack in Erbil on Feb. 15 that killed a contractor working with U.S.-led forces.
In the Feb. 15 attack, rockets hit the U.S. military base housed at Erbil International Airport in the Kurdish-run region killing one non-American contractor. Another salvo struck a base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad days later hurting at least one contractor.
Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone on Monday which houses the U.S. embassy and other diplomatic missions.
One thing people aren't picking up on is how focused the Biden White House is on Syria. They want Assad and his generals gone. This is taking up way more of their time than they are letting on publicly.
— Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) February 23, 2021
American forces have struck at an Iranian-backed militia in Syria that launched rocket attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told reporters. President Joe Biden ordered the attack.
— James A. Garamone (@GaramoneDODNews) February 26, 2021
— Molly O'Toole (@mollymotoole) February 26, 2021