“Today, US forces, at my direction, struck targets and facilities in Iraq and Syria that the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards) and allied militias use to attack US troops. Our answer has begun. It will continue at times and places of our choosing,” US President Joe Biden said.
The US has carried out airstrikes against the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and allied armed groups. Syrian state television has already announced the dead and wounded. According to the Syrian Organization for Human Rights, 13 pro-Iranian fighters died.
US media reports that today’s airstrikes could be the first wave of a longer military operation against armed groups backed by Iran, which Washington has blamed for recent attacks on US troops in the region. According to AP information, the Americans attacked command posts, ammunition depots and other infrastructure with planes and drones.
The attacks are in retaliation for a strike in Jordan that killed three American soldiers and wounded 40 others. They came just moments after Biden participated in the transport of the bodies to the US and met with the families of those killed.
Sunday’s drone strike hit the Tower 22 base in Jordan near the Syrian border. The base is part of an international anti-terrorist operation. The drone was dispatched from Iraq, and soldiers at the base were unable to assess whether it was a hostile object because it hid behind a US drone returning to base. Biden already said on Sunday that his administration would respond to this attack.
US intelligence has said that Iran fears a conflict with the US, aware that its allies in the region are exaggerating with attacks on the US, but also with attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. They also threaten the business interests of Iran’s allies – China and India.