The Pentagon conducted targeted airstrikes against “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” on the Iraq-Syria border. The decision was made by President Joe Biden, as Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
“At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region,” the message reads.
Specifically, the U.S. strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both of which lie close to the border between those countries. Several Iran-backed militia groups, including Kata'ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS), used these facilities.
"Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks," Kirby added.
It is noted that the US armed forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq for the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS.
The Pentagon stressed that the United States acted in accordance with its right to self-defense.
Meanwhile, Sea Breeze 2021 multinational military exercises have started in the Black Sea region.