Today President Joe Biden ordered a military airstrike in eastern Syria targeting 2 Iranian backed militia groups. 17 pro-Iran fighters were confirmed killed in the attack, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Specifically, the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS)”, stated Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. “We have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq”.
US fighter jets dropped seven 500-lb Joint Direct Attack Munition-guided precision bombs, according to the Pentagon. The bombs hit seven targets, which includes a crossing used by the armed groups to move weapons across the border
The strikes were ordered “at President Biden’s direction” to address recent attacks against American and coalition forces and in reaction to “ongoing threats to those personnel”, said Kirby.
Kirby stated that “proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners” in an operation that sends an “unambiguous message” that “President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel”.
“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq”.
The US strike could create tension with lawmakers who would otherwise back Biden’s agenda and whose support he will need going forward.
“There is absolutely no justification for a president to authorize a military strike that is not in self-defense against an imminent threat without congressional authorization. We need to extricate from the Middle East, not escalate”, said California Democrat Representative Ro Khanna who resides on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The President should not be taking these actions without seeking explicit authorization instead of relying on broad, outdated” Authorization for Use of Military Force laws, Khanna said.