US Military Launches Strikes on Iran-Linked Targets in Iraq and Syria

The US military carried out targeted attacks on more than 85 locations connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and backed militias in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the recent assault in Jordan that resulted in the deaths of three US soldiers. 

The first of President Joe Biden’s administration’s planned sequence of actions, the mission included long-range B-1 bombers and marked a major uptick in activity in the area.

The strikes focused on command and control centers, rockets, missiles, and drone storage facilities, aiming to cripple the logistical and munition supply chain of Iran-backed militias. 

While no sites within Iran were targeted, the strikes underscore the escalating tensions in the Middle East.

US Lieutenant General Douglas Sims, Director of the Joint Staff, reported that the attacks appeared successful, causing substantial secondary explosions. 

However, it remains unclear if any militants were killed. The Syrian Defense Ministry criticized the “blatant air aggression,” alleging civilian and soldier casualties and damage to property.

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Biden Faces Pressure Over Middle East Tensions

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The US military carried out targeted attacks on more than 85 locations connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and backed militias in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the recent assault in Jordan that resulted in the deaths of three US soldiers.

The Pentagon acknowledged the possibility of casualties, with weather conditions influencing the timing of the operation. The Iraqi military condemned the airstrikes, considering them a violation of sovereignty that could ignite regional instability.

US officials have attributed the attack that prompted the retaliatory strikes to an Iranian-made drone. President Biden asserted that the response had commenced and would continue strategically. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized that these actions mark the beginning of the US response.

While tensions rise, the Biden administration reiterated its reluctance for war with Iran. Republican critics, including Senator Roger Wicker, called for a more forceful response and quicker action. 

Despite mounting pressure, the administration aims to avoid open conflict, stating, “We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else, but the president and I will not tolerate attacks on American forces,” according to Defense Secretary Austin.

Concerns about the need for diplomatic solutions and the possibility of more military actions remain as the situation develops. With wider ramifications for the unstable Middle East, the whole community watches for developments in this ongoing war.

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