B1 strategic bombers also struck in Iraq and Syria. They took off from the US

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B1 strategic bombers, which took off from bases in the United States, to attack targets in Syria and Iraq joined together with the planes that the US has deployed at bases in the Middle East, Reuters reported without further details.

“The U.S. Air Force timed the operations so that the weather was clear and strikes could be conducted with greater confidence and accuracy,” said Douglas Sims, chief of operations at the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We carried out the strikes knowing that they would probably cause casualties in these facilities,” he added.

According to the non-governmental Syrian Organization for Human Rights, 18 members of pro-Iranian militias were killed in the US strikes in eastern Syria. According to Reuters, the Syrian army limited itself to announcing that the American attacks had caused the death of civilians and soldiers, but did not specify their number. Iraq then announced that US strikes on its territory had killed 16 people, including civilians.

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The U.S. Air Force has transported the remains of soldiers killed in an attack on a base in Jordan to a base in Dover, Delaware. (February 2, 2024)

Among other things, the targets of the raids were the positions of the Kataib Hezbollah group, which is part of the armed movement Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI) and which the US suspects of the killing of three American soldiers in Jordan in January. According to Reuters, the Iranian news agency Tasnim, linked to the Revolutionary Guards, said that the airstrikes also targeted the headquarters of the Iraqi Hashd Shaabi militia, which has close ties to Iran.

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Baghdad had already condemned the US strikes on Saturday night, saying it was a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The Syrian Defense Ministry on Saturday described the US strikes as “blatant aggression” and said the presence of US troops in parts of Syria was an “occupation that can no longer continue”. Damascus then went on to warn that the United States was “very dangerously adding fuel to the fire” in the Middle East conflict.

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American strategic bomber B1-B. illustrative photo

Biden ordered further action, Austin warned

“The American response will continue at the places and times we choose,” US President Joe Biden said during a visit to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the US Air Force delivered the remains of three US soldiers killed in an attack on the base in Jordan on Friday. The United States has 2,500 troops in Iraq and another 900 in Syria as part of the coalition fighting the Islamic State terrorist organization for many years.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the base in Delaware then said that the president had ordered further actions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, especially the al-Quds Expeditionary Forces, which operate in the Middle East, and their allies. “This is the beginning of our response,” the minister said. “We are not seeking conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else, but the president and I will not tolerate attacks on American forces,” Austin added.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Friday, even before the US strikes, that Iran will not start a war, but will “react strongly” to anyone who tries to bully him.

The US has been attacking in Syria and Iraq

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