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The U.S. Armed Forces bombed on Sunday positions of militias supported by Iran in border areas between Syria and Iraq, informed the Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, who did not specify if there were casualties.
Kirby explained in a statement that, by order of President Joe Biden, the American forces carried out “precision” defensive bombings against installations of armed groups supported by Tehran.
The air strikes targeted weapons storage and operations centers, two of them in Syria and one in Iraq.
Kirby detailed that these targets were chosen because from them these militias, among which he cited the Iraqi Kataeb Hezbollah and Kataeb Said al Shuhada, launch drone attacks against American positions and soldiers in Iraq.
The spokesman stressed that, as this afternoon’s bombings have shown, “President Biden has made it clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel.”
“Given the continued attacks by Iranian-backed groups against U.S. interests in Iraq, the president has ordered military action to end and prevent such attacks,” Kirby said.
He recalled that his country’s forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Baghdad government to help it defeat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization.
These are not the first such bombings ordered by the Biden administration.
In February, the U.S. military struck a position of two pro-Iranian militias in Syria in response to rocket fire against American soldiers in the region.