US forces in Iraq and Syria, the US military conducted airstrikes on two facilities in eastern Syria known to be used by Iranian-backed groups.
The strikes were carried out by a pair of F-16s, hitting a weapons storage area and an ammunition storage area near Abu Kamal in Syria.
The decision to take action was prompted by a series of attacks on American troops, with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasizing that the US seeks peace but will not tolerate further hostilities.
Since October 17, Iranian-backed groups have launched approximately 16 attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria, utilizing a combination of drones and rockets.
While the most recent attack in Erbil, Iraq, did not result in injuries, previous incidents have caused 19 US service members to be diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, along with two sustaining minor injuries.
Fortunately, all affected troops have since returned to duty.
Tragically, a US contractor passed away due to cardiac arrest while taking shelter at Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq, triggered by a false alarm.
This incident highlights the tense atmosphere in the region and the need for a robust response to potential threats.
The surge in attacks against US forces coincides with rising concerns about the Israel-Hamas conflict expanding into a broader Middle East confrontation.
President Biden had previously issued a warning that the U.S. would respond if these attacks persisted, emphasizing that the matter is unrelated to the Israel-Hamas situation.
In a broader context, these retaliatory strikes are part of the Biden administration’s strategy to deter Iranian-backed groups and Iran itself.
In addition to these actions, the Pentagon recently announced the deployment of additional forces, including the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier strike group and more air defense systems to the Middle East.
This is the second time this year that the Biden administration has taken action against Iranian-backed militias.
In March, precision airstrikes were carried out in eastern Syria following an attack on a base hosting US and coalition forces, resulting in casualties among U.S. personnel.
As of now, there are approximately 900 US troops in Syria and 2,500 in Iraq, all as part of the mission to combat ISIS.
The US remains committed to maintaining the safety and security of its forces while working toward peace in the region.