According to the source, the attack is a response to the shelling of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.
The U.S. military on Thursday launched an airstrike in Syria on a structure belonging to an Iranian-backed paramilitary group. It was first reported by Reuters. A Pentagon source confirmed this information in a comment for the Voice of America.
According to the Voice of America interlocutor, the strike hit “a target used by several groups that support Iran.” The source added that the attack was carried out to prevent further shelling by militants, as well as “as a response to recent shelling by US and coalition forces.”
Reuters sources confirmed that the attack against Iranian-backed militants in Syria had been approved by President Joe Biden.
A little later, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said a “defensive, high-precision strike” was launched tonight against targets in Syria linked to the militant groups Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada. Both groups are backed by Iran.
Kirby said the airstrikes on militants based in eastern Syria were carried out “at President Biden’s direction.” As a result of the strikes, the U.S. military destroyed a number of facilities located at a border crossing used by Iranian-backed militants.
“This proportionate military response was carried out alongside diplomatic measures, including consultations with Coalition partners. This operation is an unequivocal signal that President Biden will act to protect U.S. and Coalition troops. At the same time, we are… seek to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” the Pentagon spokesman added.
Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, supported the military’s actions.
“I have urged the administration to respond to the recent attacks on U.S. and Coalition forces, and I commend (the administration) for doing so. Responses like this are a necessary deterrent and remind Iran, its puppets, and our adversaries around the world that attacks on U.S. forces are unacceptable. I thank the president and our troops for protecting Americans overseas,” McCaul said.