U.S. Retaliates Against Iran-Supported Terrorists: Strikes Launched in Syria and Iraq

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/02/2024
Attacks last week that claimed the lives of three U.S. military personnel are the reason for the United States' decision to launch a retaliatory strike against terrorists in Syria and Iraq who get support from Iran.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran, Quds Force, and associated militia organizations were the targets of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to a statement issued by U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of overseeing activities in the area.

The attacks included "more than 125 precise weapons" and "many aircraft, including long-range bombers flown from [the] United States."

President Joe Biden said in a statement that the retaliatory attacks would go on "at times and locations of our choosing." "Command and control operations centers, intelligence centers, rockets and missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces" were among the facilities connected to the terror network, according to Central Command, which acknowledged the strikes.

In reaction to the drone assault in Jordan that claimed the lives of three Army reservists and wounded forty more, President Biden has been under growing pressure over the last week to launch a forceful response.

Shortly after the attacks were declared, the president made a statement in which he reiterated his commitment to pursue a multi-pronged response, avoiding full-scale war with Iran.

"In the Middle East or anyplace else in the globe, the United States does not desire war." However, he warned anybody attempting to hurt Americans, saying, "We will retaliate if you hurt an American."

The military carried out the attacks in line with the president's plan, as confirmed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in a separate statement. Austin also said that more action will be taken.

"This is the beginning of our reaction," Mr. Austin said. In an effort to make the IRGC and associated militias responsible for their assaults against Coalition and American forces, the President has issued new directives. We shall decide when and where they will take place.

Although the president said earlier in the week that he had chosen how to respond to the assault, the administration has not yet disclosed the nature of that reaction.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, informed reporters that although there was no confirmation of deaths on the ground yet, the "early phases of combat damage assessment" showed the bombers deployed to attack the installations were out of harm's way.

He stated that the delay was partially due to the B-1 bombers' need to have ideal weather over all of their objectives. Mr. Kirby said that while the Iraqi government was notified in advance of the operations, the administration has not spoken with Iran since the drone strike in Jordan.

He said that "the targets were meticulously targeted" in order to destroy leadership and capabilities connected to the Islamic Resistance in Iraq and the IRGC.

When asked about the kinds of data that were used to confirm that the attacks did, in fact, target the individuals behind the assault in Jordan, Mr. Kirby declined to talk about intelligence-related topics.

"Anything that is going to make our work harder" would not be shared by the government, he said.


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