Biden orders first airstrike: Hits Iran backed militia in response to rocket attacks
At the direction of President Joe Biden, the United States carried out an airstrike Thursday evening in Syria on a structure linked to an Iran-backed militia, according to a statement from the Department of Defense provided to American Military News.
The strike was in response to three different rocket attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces in Iraq last week, aiming to harm the militia’s ability to make future attacks.
Department of Defense Press Secretary John Kirby issued the following statement on the strike.
“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel. 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).