The United States carried out air strikes on Sunday night at facilities used by two Iranian-backed militias at the border between Syria and Iraq.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that combat and weapons storage facilities have become targets, two of which are in Syria and one in Iraq. These facilities are used to launch drone attacks on US forces and facilities.
Several Iran-backed companies are using these facilities The militia includes Kirby said in a statement that Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
He added that the airstrike was “defensive” and was a response to “an ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting US interests in Iraq.”
Kirby said: “The United States has taken necessary, appropriate, and deliberate actions to limit the risk of escalation – and it has also sent a clear and unmistakable message of deterrence.”
This is the second time President Biden has ordered the use of force in the region after the United States. Carried out an air raid In late February, the militias supported by Iran were opposed in Syria.
The strike happened only a week after the landslide Election victory In Iran, conservative clergy and attorney general Ebrahim Raisi allowed the hardline regime to control all branches of the Iranian state for the first time in nearly a decade.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, stated that “protecting the military heroes who defend our freedom is a sacred priority.”
She added: “Congress looks forward to receiving and reviewing the official notification of this action under the War Powers Act and hopes to receive additional briefings from the government.”
The Biden administration is seeking Re-join the 2015 nuclear agreement Several rounds of indirect negotiations have been started with Iran and in Vienna, but no breakthrough has been achieved.
Tehran has repeatedly asked Washington Lift sanctions Before it agreed to contain its nuclear program. Since the Trump administration withdrew from the agreement, Iran has violated its nuclear production restrictions, which has aroused the concerns of the UN nuclear watchdog.
Biden promised that if Tehran resumes full compliance with the nuclear agreement, he will rejoin the nuclear agreement. But his government faces pressure from American politicians, Israel and Washington’s Arab partners to take a hard line on Iran’s support for regional militias and its missile programs.