Blinken explained what the U.S. wanted to communicate to Iran with the strike on Syria

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U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the purpose of the U.S. strike in Syria is to send a message to Iran that it cannot act with impunity against Washington and its partners.
“It sends a message, particularly to Iran, that they can’t act with impunity against our people, our partners, our interests,” Blinken said at a news conference.
“We needed to respond to the attacks, but also to the ongoing clear threat,” he added.

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Blinken called the attack “focused, proportionate and effective in reducing the militia’s capacity to carry out attacks.”
Earlier, the Pentagon reported that the U.S. struck several buildings on the Syrian-Iraqi border that were used by a number of Iranian-backed militias, including Qataib Hezbollah and Qataib Sayyid al-Shuhada. According to the Pentagon, a number of infrastructure facilities of the Shiite groups were destroyed. The move, the Pentagon noted, was a response to recent attacks on U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq.

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