The United States has carried out a series of air strikes targeting facilities operated by Iran-backed militias in Syria. These strikes come in response to a series of attacks on American troops in both Syria and Iraq, which were triggered by the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
According to reports by Reuters, the Pentagon confirmed that the U.S. military conducted two air strikes in Syria on Sunday, marking the third such assault by the United States in Syria since October 26. A second strike took place on Wednesday, November 8.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the importance of safeguarding American personnel and interests, stating, “The President has no higher priority than the safety of U.S. personnel, and he directed today’s action to make clear that the United States will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests.” He further revealed that the strikes specifically targeted a training facility located near the city of Albu Kamal and a safe house near the city of Mayadeen. These strikes were ordered by President Joe Biden.
Reuters cited sources indicating that the first strike targeted a camp operated by pro-Iranian militias, while the second strike hit near a bridge close to the city of Mayadeen, which is situated near the Iraqi border. This region is known to be a stronghold of pro-Iranian militias, according to the sources.
In a statement, General Michael Kurilla, the head of U.S. Central Command, characterized these strikes as a “response” to “continued provocations by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and their affiliated groups in Iraq and Syria.” He made it clear that the United States remains committed to defending its personnel and interests.
It’s worth noting that Iran has supported Hamas in its conflict with Israel and has accused the United States and others of supporting Israel in its campaign against the Palestinian militant group.
In recent weeks, U.S. and coalition troops have faced more than 40 attacks by Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria. These attacks have resulted in injuries to U.S. troops, with at least 45 personnel suffering from severe brain injuries or minor wounds, as reported by Reuters.
The situation in the region remains complex and tense, with the United States taking decisive actions to protect its interests and personnel amidst ongoing regional conflicts.