Ucreview – In response to recent attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military has carried out strikes on two facilities in eastern Syria that are known to be used by Iranian-backed groups.
In a statement released on Thursday night, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized that the United States has no intention or desire to get involved in any conflict and is not seeking one. However, he also made it clear that the attacks against the U.S. forces backed by Iran are unacceptable and must come to an end.
On Thursday night, officials from the US reported to the press that a weapons storage area and an ammunition storage area near Abu Kamal in Syria were targeted and struck by a duo of F-16s.
Since October 17, the Pentagon has reported 16 instances of Iranian-backed groups launching attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria through a combination of drones and rockets. The most recent attack occurred on Thursday in Erbil, Iraq, but fortunately, there were no injuries reported.
A total of nineteen U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, while two others only suffered minor injuries from the attacks. Fortunately, all troops have since returned to duty.
Last week at Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq, a U.S. contractor unfortunately passed away due to cardiac arrest while seeking shelter. It is reported that the lockdown was initiated due to a false alarm and no attack took place.
Amidst international concern about the possibility of the war between Israel and Hamas escalating into a wider conflict that could engulf the entire Middle East, there has been an increase in attacks.
In a stern message, President Biden issued a warning on Wednesday that the United States would take action if the attacks persist.
Biden issued a warning to the Ayatollah, stating that if they persist in their actions against the troops, there will be a response, and they should be prepared. He emphasized that the warning had no connection to Israel whatsoever.
In an effort to discourage Iranian-backed groups and Iran, the Biden administration has taken further measures by implementing retaliatory strikes. This comes after the Pentagon announced over the weekend that they are increasing their support to the Middle East region to improve the safety of U.S. forces stationed there. The surge in support includes sending the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier strike group and additional air defense systems to the area.
The Biden administration has taken further retaliatory measures against Iranian-backed militias with a second set of strikes on Thursday.
In response to an attack on a base in eastern Syria that resulted in the death of a U.S. contractor and injured several others, precision air strikes were carried out by the U.S. in March. The base was hosting both U.S. and coalition forces at the time of the attack.
The mission to defeat ISIS currently involves approximately 900 U.S. troops in Syria and 2,500 in Iraq.
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