US launched airstrikes on Iranian-backed militias on the Iraq-Syria border.

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source: www.washingtonpost.com

The Pentagon reported that there were three bombings against operational facilities and weapons storage.

The United States armed forces carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iranian-backed militias on Sunday in response to the rebels' drone attacks on US troops and facilities on Iraqi soil. Reported the Pentagon.

The Pentagon said the strikes targeted weapons storage and operational facilities in two locations in Syria and one in Iraq.

"Following President Biden's directions, US military forces tonight carried out precision defensive airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region," the Pentagon press secretary detailed. John Kirby, in a statement, adding that the attacks follow "attacks by Iranian-backed groups that target US interests in Iraq."

"As demonstrated by tonight's attacks, President (Joe) Biden has made it clear that he will act to protect American personnel," the Pentagon said in a statement.

The attacked facilities were used by Iranian-backed militias, including Kata'ib Hezbollah and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, to carry out drone strikes against US locations.

"Given the continued attacks by Iranian-backed groups against US interests in Iraq, the president has ordered military action to end and prevent such attacks," said Kirby, who recalled that his country's forces are in Iraq by invitation. of the Government of Baghdad to help it defeat the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS).

The United States is grappling with a rapidly evolving threat from Iranian proxies in Iraq after militia forces specializing in handling more sophisticated weapons, including armed drones, have struck some of the most sensitive American targets in strikes that evaded defenses. From the United States.

On at least five occasions since April, those militias have used small explosive-laden drones in nighttime attacks on Iraqi bases, including those used by the CIA and US special operations units, according to US officials.

Iran - weakened by years of tough economic sanctions - is using its militias in Iraq to intensify pressure on the United States and other world powers to negotiate relief from those sanctions as part of a revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.. Iraqi and US officials say Iran has devised the drone strikes to minimize casualties, hoping not to provoke retaliation from the United States.

Last February, the United States carried out the first Biden Administration airstrikes in eastern Syria against buildings belonging to Iranian-backed militias responsible for recent attacks on the US and allied personnel in Iraq.