American F-16 fighters, ordered by President Joe Biden, attacked two targets in eastern Syria linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps on Friday morning. According to the Pentagon, the strikes are in response to a series of repeated attacks on US bases and military personnel in the region.
As stated by the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austinthese were “precision strikes undertaken in self-defense in response to a series of repeated and largely ineffective attacks on US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iran-backed militias.”
By order of President Biden
He added that USA they do not seek to expand the conflict, but if attacks continue, “they will not hesitate to take additional action.”
According to Reuters sources, two American F-16s struck weapons and ammunition depots used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The attacks occurred on Friday around 4:30 a.m Syria (5.30 a.m. in Poland), near Abu Kamal, a city on the border with Iraq.
“Iran-backed attacks on American forces are unacceptable,” the source told Reuters. – If necessary, we are ready to take further measures to protect our citizens, he added.
At least 12 attacks
According to Pentagon data, since October 17 there have been at least 12 attacks on US bases in Iraq and four attacks on bases in Syria. 21 American soldiers were injured. The attacks were carried out using rockets and drones.
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