WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.
The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist. Biden’s decision to attack in Syria did not appear to signal an intention to widen U.S. military involvement in the region but rather to demonstrate a will to defend U.S. troops in Iraq.
“I’m confident in the target that we went after, we know what we hit,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters flying with him from California to Washington. Speaking shortly after the airstrikes, he added, “We’re confident that that target was being used by the same Shia militants that conducted the strikes,” referring to a Feb. 15 rocket attack in northern Iraq that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition personnel. headtopics.com
Austin said he recommended the action to Biden.“We said a number of times that we will respond on our timeline,” Austin said. “We wanted to be sure of the connectivity and we wanted to be sure that we had the right targets.”Earlier, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. action was a “proportionate military response” taken together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners.
“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel,” Kirby said. “At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in eastern Syria and Iraq.”
Kirby said the U.S. airstrikes “destroyed multiple facilities at a border control point used by a number of Iranian- backed militant groups,” including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada. The U.S. has blamed Kataib Hezbollah for numerous attacks targeting U.S. personnel and interests in Iraq in the past.
Further details were not immediately available.Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, criticized the U.S. attack as a violation of international law.“The United Nations Charter makes absolutely clear that the use of military force on the territory of a foreign sovereign state is lawful only in response to an armed attack on the defending state for which the target state is responsible,” she said. “None of those elements is met in the Syria strike.” headtopics.com
Biden administration officials condemned the Feb. 15 rocket attack near the city of Irbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish-run region, but as recently as this week officials indicated they had not determined for certain who carried it out. Officials have noted that in the past, Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups have been responsible for numerous rocket attacks that targeted U.S. personnel or facilities in Iraq.
Kirby had said Tuesday that Iraq is in charge of investigating the Feb. 15 attack.“Right now, we’re not able to give you a certain attribution as to who was behind these attacks, what groups, and I’m not going to get into the tactical details of every bit of weaponry used here,” Kirby said. “Let’s let the investigations complete and conclude, and then when we have more to say, we will.”
A little-known Shiite militant group calling itself Saraya Awliya al-Dam, Arabic for Guardians of Blood Brigade, claimed responsibility for the Feb. 15 attack. A week later, a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone appeared to target the U.S. Embassy compound, but no one was hurt.
Iran this week said it has no links to the Guardians of Blood Brigade.The frequency of attacks by Shiite militia groups against U.S. targets in Iraq diminished late last year ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, though now Iran is pressing America to return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. under the previous Trump administration blamed Iran-backed groups for carrying out the attacks. Tensions soared after a Washington-directed drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and powerful Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last year. headtopics.com
ADVERTISEMENTTrump had said the death of a U.S. contractor would be a red line and provoke U.S. escalation in Iraq. The December 2019 killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack in Kirkuk sparked a tit-for-tat fight on Iraqi soil that brought the country to the brink of a proxy war.
U.S. forces have been significantly reduced in Iraq to 2,500 personnel and no longer partake in combat missions with Iraqi forces in ongoing operations against the Islamic State group. Read more: The Associated Press »
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More attacks in middleeast? The deep state war hawks engaged again. Biden sends a message that we will not tolerate attacks on Our troops ... Glad the people on this thread aren’t in charge of foreign policy...don’t think our checks have anything to do with this believe it or not the President has more to do than watch tv, tweet, and savagely attack the opposing party
That doesn't even make sense. How about this explanation instead: Trump pulled the US out of Syria, and Biden wanted to let Russia (and Iran) know that we still intend to protect the drilling rights US corps got inside Israel-occupied Syria, and to advance plans for a pipeline. Technically the US attacked first in the 80s. So not sure this is justified.
Part of our goal after ISIS is the American terrorist military, get out of the Middle East. The same-o naughty Uncle Sam! Well done, bomb all the countries you want, go America Peace and unity biden 😂 - that people still believe voting changes anything. The agenda has been set a long time ago - actors carrying out orders.
Going to tolerate any offensive moves by another country without being overly aggressive in his response. He sent a good message saying we’re interested in an alliance but won’t tolerate any aggression. That’s the correct message. I was afraid that Trump made us look weak in the eyes of the Middle East and other foreign countries with his massive withdrawal of American troops out of Germany, Afghanistan, and Other Middle Eastern territories so I am comforted that Biden showed the world that America was not
Notice the say US and not biden. If trump as in there the headline would be 'trump bombs militia in syria injuring x amount of people' but biden gave the order so why not say 'biden launches air strikes on syria'. Good Ole USA, breaking international law yet again. Stop warmongering to sell press. Sure it was. Should’ve kept Saddam Hussein alive tbh shit in the Middle East would’ve not escalated to far. Least Iraq wouldn’t of crumbled to this extent where they can’t fend for themselves.
retaliation? I keep hearing violence is never the answer Oh look another murdery president. What I have heard when Biden was elected. A ray of hope, A sign of peace, The fall of populists and so many other things. But in reality, whenever the Democrats have assumed power, conflicts around the world intensified. US! , For God's sake, please let live humanity in peace.
Could you imagine if Trump did 7 Airstrikes in his first week in office during a pandemic while texas had no power, lol Stop te focking war. If Biden is closer to dye after a very long life, my grandsons have also the right to live in peace. Fixed it for you The USA under Biden bombed Syria yesterday without any legal authority (Syria did not attack the USA, they are not at war with Iran, and Congress or the UN approved).
22 people were killed on the ground Russia had a 7 minute warning before deployment I miss Trump. I voted for him solely because he kept us out of these messes. Biden is a warmonger like Obama. Lol it's a distraction 🤣🤣🤣 Reporting this tweet for promoting violence Exclusive Dementia joe starting wars again
Why would Shia militias attack US forces in Iraq when the US is fighting WITH the Shia forces in Iraq? The Shia control the Iraqi government that the US is helping. America back to normal then bombing the east Let me get this straight. Biden bombs militant groups threatening US forces and this is ok. Trump takes out the leader who was coordinating attacks our US embassies, but he is a criminal. Man the hypocrisy is strong here.
Sooooo... it’s now a good thing to bomb other countries as long as the guy who ordered it is the guy you voted for? 'KILL, KILL, KILL!' - Joe Biden The interesting section is 'US forces in lrag'.....what right do they have to be there? Blast'em Always pro war. Why are American children starving today? 'authorized by President' Iraq War criminal known as JoeBiden cannot 'authorize' under the Constitution Congress can no more 'authorize' than POTUS under UN Charter as ratified UNSC / UNGA (UN377) could but we won't ask because we see fit to break law, oath & treaty
Trump never bothered with the middle east. That was the one of the few good things about him. Now we're having a war again? Lord help us. What an excuse!! Good job.... Only you are afraid of Xi.. It only took a month for the Military Industrial Complex to get a return on their investment. Ok. Got them back!but now the terrorist have more and better rockets. They also have Drones. Our people are sitting ducks in Iraq. It’s just another round in a Never ending , war on terror!
I can’t wait to see cnn cover this story... lol the hypocrisy with Democrats actually makes me 🤮 I’m not on either side but I’m definitely not on joe Biden’s side. “Nothing will fundamentally change” So glad we could unify enough to bomb Syria but can’t seem to get $15 minimum wage off the ground which would be the real moral dilemma here
MostlyPeacefulBombings Here is Israel accomplishing what they could not under Trump, a compromised asset, after seeing the backlash against him after Soleimani. The escalation with Iran. I just want an analyst job. I feel like the only one that knows what’s going on. Resistance is futile! Austin came directly from board of directors for a government military contractor to lead US troops. Huge conflict of interest. I fear this will be worse than the shit Bush got us into and it’s 2 months in.
NOWS A GOOD TIME FOR HONESTY FROM AP! WE STARTED THIS BULL-SHIT ONE THING RIGHT AND LEFT IN USA WANT IS NO MORE FUCKING WAR! STOP THE MADNESS! WE ALL NEED TO MARCH ON WASHINGTON THIS IS HORSE-SHIT! The bitch is back... Gee Wally. Where do you think Iran gets money to back US enemies. From the US Beave. But why? Because a guys that’s been wrong for 47!years is in charge again.
cc: ThomasReeseSJ 🐌 BidenLied hypocrisy What a soft ineffective light attack on the people who hate America the most. Trump would have done a much better job here. I think Iran will retaliate This was very unwise When Israel says jump. Disgusting, here we go again Andy007_SR_A why are there even US troops in Iraq still? wouldn’t there services been better used to protect Black folx?
Why are we bombing Syria before we pass a real bill and raise the wage? Why? Planet Earth, all the planets know that the symbol and source of international and regional terrorism is the regime in Iran. History will be written in a black pen for those who gives time and assistance in any form to revive this criminal Iranian terrorist regime.
None of this went on with trump. Here comes the democrats and in 2 months we are launching missels. Great dumb and dumber don’t play well in the sandbox. Can you say the next four years is going to be a shit show Interesting difference in reporting. When Trump was authorising airstrikes, it was “Trump’s Airstrikes” Now that Biden is doing it, it’s “US Airstrikes” Why is that?
It isn't necessary to be an international affairs expert to know that US foreign policy wouldn't change after JoeBiden taking office ... because Syria has been free from IMF and world bank loans ... ? Anything to do with Iran and US bombs. The sdf combined multicultural forces are part of the coalition they are bombed daily by turkey when was there any US retaliation for that on Turkish Terrorist hordes. NONE ever. bidens a hypocrite this Iran strike proves it. Biden=Trump v2
Gringo go home and stop killing innocents defending from your invasions. So it take less than a month to hold those accountable for an attack on a foreign ally’s soil.. but it’s been 2 months & there’s seemingly no plan of accountability for those who attack “democracy” here on our home Capitol? Tells you everything you need to know about the USA.🤡💩
America gives $39 Billion to Israel whilst Americans have no money for food, medicare, housing, education ect. All Israelis have better standards of living than some poor Americans. So for America its business as usual and that is to keep bombing the Muslim world and playing one side against another and never to let them stabilise. Its about time Muslims realised that and Demand American troops leave all Muslim Countries.
If the American troops were not in Iraq there would be no attack on American troops. The American troops have no business being in Iraq and the Iraqis should demand they Leave. American troops are not in Iraq to serve Iraqis. It's okay when we bomb weddings and doctors without borders hospitals.... Jesus that didn’t take long. Gotta feed that war machine I suppose 🤷🏻
Bidens priorities clear to everyone now? Syria gets bombed before you get any help, Raytheon weapons deal and oil drilling rights are far ahead of US tax payers in the queue Who’s sleepy now!!!! Finally a real President, not one who wrote about the art of the deal, but the real deal Mr Biden going after what his predecessor couldn't because it interfered with Russia's agenda. Steadying the ship as it were. Glad to have you at the helm Mr Biden.
Joe Biden in his first month: - Bombed Syria and Somalia - Is maintaining the wars on Yemen and Afghanistan - Is sending more troops to Iraq - Approved hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons deals for Raytheon But won’t give $2,000 checks to Americans during a pandemic. I did my job and now Joe will kiss me goodnight.
USA potus VP WhiteHouse you got NO business being in Irak and you have NO business bombing Syria SHAME ON YOU Warmongering colonists My bad for thinking JoeBiden would do better. Same same follower of ZionistIsrael SaudiArabia UAE Same companies making the bombs in both pictures. Love how Biden bombs Syria in a proxy war against Iran when he still owes me my $2000 and $15 min wage 🤔 syria iran WheresMy2k CorruptToTheCore
America is back With this, Biden has now qualified for Nobel Peace Prize. Sigh... because 4 years without a war was too much to ask “in retaliation for an attack against US forces in Iraq” is some real Starship Troopers level bullshit. You mean you mad someone retaliated against the U.S.’s unprovoked invasion of a foreign nation.
Don't like at all That's why Trump should be rewarded with Nobel prize Biden wants to show his muscle, against a wrong enemy. China, a far more dangerous US adversary - appeasment and indirect 'approval' of their expansionist moves in Asia (incl Taiwan take over). Biden will bomb Syria and send flowers to Xi! Brave New Leader
for those pissed about the stimulus checks....BLAME FUCKING CONGRESS THAT IS THEIR JOB!! THEY CONTROL THE PURSE!! For those in Texas: sorry i really am idk WTF FEMA is doing but if they aren't helping that is fucked up and if the Dept. of Energy isn't either that is shit too This tweet sounds like you tossed the names of all the Middle Eastern countries into a hat & picked out three.
Heh, at least Biden doesn't make rude tweets! Owned! Mostly peaceful bombing Did Biden get out of bed? Pretty soon with each bombing it might force Biden to actually stand in front of reporters and answer questions. Will he ever be going in front of the White House Press Gallery, especially when he is dropping bombs on other countries? syriabombing
you aren't gonna win a land war in the middle east pass that on to the department of defense. Make América destroyer again Are you watching Putin ? It’s a New Day. Exeunts a Racist. Enters a Criminal. This is the Black House. You can have great social programs OR more wars. Democrats: War it is! Yeah, firing missiles on a sovereign country, while we ILLEGALLY occupy another, that makes perfect sense. Yet you still can't figure out why the world hates our fucking guts.
josefg16 please call it out. ? gladstein But did the Biden admin ensure that happy faces were painted on the missiles? Third time in four years XULQIMOON Bombs are back Any word on how many killed or injured? Can't fucken say retaliation when you go INVADING ANOTHER NATION in the first place. 'Jimmy Carter said that the function of government is to make it easy for people to do good, and hard for them to do bad.' ~ Angela Mayfield
Calrtipper I’m not saying I agree or disagree with the bombings. I just find it horrific that we can’t get supplies to people in need (vaccines, clean water, RECURRING RELIEF CHECKS) within reasonable time periods.... but we can blow stuff up faster than DJjr finishes an 8 ball The Chickenhawks are back.
Except for rounding up a few sheep herders and the investigation, nothing will be done. The excuse will be that by doing anything it will make it more difficult to get Iran back to the deal table. Thankfully I quit the service and used my GI bill for whatever nonsense US Generals are making Biden do. If you want to sign up to waste your time in Syria go ahead. Congress has not authorized war in Syria.
Trump never brought into war...just sayin Amazing how quickly conservatives now love Iran just because a Democrat bombed them. Unconstitutional. That didn't take Biden very long!! Imperialists gotta imperialist Assholes DoliaEstevez Ohhh I'm so surprised Corporate backed politicians are shooting off missiles in the Middle East for nothing, US government is ridiculous
Pretty sure when Trump did it, it was WW3... Why the fuck are we still in Iraq or Syria? I am so glad to have actual people of competence in charge rather than a bunch of blindly loyal political lackeys. When I read stories like this I can breathe easy knowing it was not a spur of the moment decision and it was thought out.
US really wants to play with fire. Biden bombs Syria. The Swamp is back! Here we go...I knew it was coming sooner or later🤨 warmonger Biden terrorist! Okay but where’s my $? 🤦🏻♂️ not so sleepy is he.. So much for the promised urgent $2000 checks JoeBiden SpeakerPelosi you liars! No reason! Send in snipers. Don't start a war. I forgot you guys probably make money selling missiles and everything to the enemies in order to fight them just like in Iron Man
Here we go again. “US is back”. Biden in office a short time & so many other crucial issues going on & one of Biden’s first move is airstrikes in retaliation. Very disappointing esp. after 4 yrs of Trump/Pompoe wanting war w/Iran & leaving the nuclear deal. Lies, lies and Democrats. Politicians of both parties have decimated the ME, destroying an economy & causing countless innocents to die horribly. Biden voted for the Iraq War based on lies that he knew were lies. Americans: $1.7 trillion on a failed jet and no relief to the poor.
I am trying to find this in election promises manifesto. Listen up y'all it's a sabotage! Listen up y'all it's sabotage! Listen up y'all it's sabotage! meet the new boss, same as old boss pentagon cia death violence war empire So we can spend millions on bombing Syria but we cant get these stimulus checks
Well that didn’t take long. Is the MIC wanting to blow shit up to refill their stockpile of bombs is the Dems wanting to make sure we are the most hated country ? Let people in our home while bombing others in theirs! So familiar Where’s the anti war left in this comment section? Where y’all at? Speak up please
We need to open negotiations with Iran, including the offer to hand over trump What the f is US forces doing in Iraq? No more oils? He will increase the amount of troops overseas. War is what his age group knows and thinks. Here we go again 😡 The Democrats are the war factory 😡 And the hegemonic 'play' goes on.
The Pentagon says the airstrikes, authorized by President Joe Biden, destroyed multiple facilities at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-back militant groups. Hell yeah Hopefully they retaliate. America is trash now. When trump retaliates against the middle east, everyone goes crazy. But when biden makes an unnecessary attack on the middle east everyone loves him...
Well, THAT didn't take long. Who could POSSIBLY have predicted this from another establishment warmonger? Why is President murdering people of color? Back to the regularly scheduled programming 😂 What an epic crock of horse shit. “We haven’t finished the investigation into who was responsible for the Feb 15 attack but it was totally Iran so we just went ahead and bombed Syria”
Why did I vote for someone who like to blow brown people!?!? I hate myself... Good. Your Government hahahahahahahahaha At least Donnie dropped a daisy cutter bomb on some goat herders This is probably a good thing to be honest. I wonder how many American hostages Iran will take Between Meghan/Harry, Cruz in Cancun and Tiger’s surgery I don’t remember hearing about the loss of the American life.
RockthegoatLee Back to normal Militia killed an American last week , trump would have warned them before attacking , Biden said America is back. Trump allowed the kurds to be massacred in Syria , It won't happen again XXI century and we are still animals and infants in the universe. Can we grow up? Please.
awesome 🤜🏼🤛🏼 at least these ones were sent by an administration that features a woman VP oh that scored for biden record... Biden effect Bomber Biden. WW3 gonna trend again?