U.S. strikes Iranian-backed militant site in Syria

U.S. strikes Iranian-backed militant site in Syria

The strike was said to be conducted in retaliation for the February 15 rocket attack on the Erbil Air Base in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel".

But he also said that it was created to de-escalate the situation in eastern Syria and Iraq.

The United States security forces on Thursday evening (local time) launched airstrikes in eastern Syria targeting infrastructure utilised by Iranian-backed terrorist groups.

Meanwhile, there is no reaction in the markets to these events, but a watchful is being kept on developments.

Peskov also said that he had no information about whether the USA notified the Russian side about its planned strikes, because such information is passed through the military-to-military contacts.

Since late 2019, the United States has carried out high-profile strikes against the Kata'ib Hezbollah militia group in Iraq and Syria in response to sometimes deadly rocket attacks against USA -led forces.

The facilities were used by Iranian-linked Iraqi militias, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, he said.

The airstrike was in retaliation for a February 15 rocket attack against a USA base in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil that killed a coalition contractor and left several American contractors and a US military service member wounded.

"We're told this came from the top down, the decision to target these sites specifically".

The Biden administration had condemned the strike but as recently as this week, officials indicated they had not determined for certain who carried it out.

In its statement, military officials suggested that more attacks against Americans could be on the immediate horizon and that Thursday's airstrikes were aimed at protecting USA interests.

The Pentagon said on Thursday that the U.S. military had launched an airstrike in eastern Syria on facilities used by Iran-backed militia.

The militia official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the attack, said the drones came 'in parts from Iran and were assembled in Iraq, and were launched from Iraq'.

Austin said he had recommended the action to President Joe Biden.

"I'm confident in the target that we went after, we know what we hit", Austin said.

Earlier this week, the Kata'ib Hezbollah group, one of the main Iran-aligned Iraqi militia groups, denied any role in the rocket attacks. "What we will not do, and what we've seen in the past, is lash out and risk an escalation that plays into the hands of Iran by further destabilizing Iraq, and that is our priority", Psaki added.

Under the Trump administration, the escalatory back-and-forth stoked tensions, culminating in the USA killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and a retaliatory Iranian ballistic missile attack against US forces in Iraq previous year.

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