US media say the airstrikes could be the first wave of a longer military operation aimed at Iran-backed armed groups, 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.
Simultaneously with the information from Washington, reports of explosions and casualties began to arrive from Syria. According to Reuters, Syrian state media reported US “aggression” in several locations and reported an unspecified number of dead and wounded.
US President Joe Biden decided on retaliatory measures this week, without indicating in advance what form they would take. The impetus was a deadly drone attack that hit a US base near the Jordanian-Syrian border.
American troops in the region have been targeted by drones or missiles more than 160 times since last October, but Sunday’s incident was the first in which an American was killed.
Honoring the dead
US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill joined the grieving families of soldiers killed in a January drone attack in Jordan at Dover Air Force Base, the AP reported.
Jordanian aid. A Royal Air Force plane dropped medical supplies for a hospital in Gaza
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The Biden administration has vowed to retaliate against Middle Eastern groups close to Tehran but outside Iran’s sovereign territory after the deadly attack on US personnel. According to information from the Reuters and AP agencies, which refer to unnamed US officials, the US has already launched strikes on targets in Iraq and Syria.
The air in Biden’s home state of Delaware at Dover Air Force Base was chilly and the sky gray. Caskets containing the remains of fallen American soldiers were carried out of a military transport plane by white-gloved military personnel while a U.S. Air Force chaplain offered a brief prayer. According to the AP, Biden watched the ceremony with a somber expression on his face and his right hand over his heart.
The trio of victims, William Rivers, Kennedy Sanders and Breonna Moffett, were from Georgia in the southeast of the US. They were killed last week in a drone attack in Jordan that the White House attributed to groups affiliated with the Islamic Resistance in Iraq. Biden personally met with the families before Friday’s ceremony, according to the AP.
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