The United States carried out retaliatory strikes in Iraq and Syria | EUROtoday

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Joe Biden had introduced that the United States would reply to the assaults which focused an American base in the course of the desert on the border with Iraq and Syria and which killed three American troopers. On Friday, February 2, he introduced that he had “successfully” carried out his retaliatory strikes focusing on elite Iranian forces and pro-Iranian teams in Iraq and Syria.

The operation, which lasted roughly thirty minutes, mobilized quite a few fight plane, together with long-range bombers, the Pentagon stated. In whole, 85 targets at seven completely different websites (three in Iraq, 4 in Syria) have been focused, stated John Kirby, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, together with command and intelligence facilities. and drone and missile storage infrastructure “that enabled attacks against U.S. and coalition forces.”

A response that may lengthen over time

The toll is heavy: a minimum of eighteen pro-Iranian fighters have been killed in japanese Syria, in keeping with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH). For their half, safety sources have additionally confirmed bombings of positions of pro-Iran armed teams in western Iraq.

But the American response mustn’t cease there, Joe Biden having assured that it might “continue”. “It will continue according to the timetable and in the places that we decide,” he declared, specifying, nonetheless, that he didn’t need to enter into “war” with Iran.

If the Iraqi authorities denounced a “violation of Iraqi sovereignty”, Washington claims to have warned Baghdad “before the strikes”. According to a army spokesperson for the Iraqi Prime Minister, these assaults increase fears of “disastrous consequences for the security and stability of Iraq and the region”.

READ ALSO Joe Biden, a wartime president“We do not want to see one more attack against American positions or soldiers in the region,” John Kirby additionally declared. Since mid-October, greater than 165 drone strikes and rocket assaults have focused American forces deployed with a world anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq and Syria, however no American service member had been killed till the assault. Sunday in Jordan.

“The United States does not want conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But let those who want to harm us know this well: if you touch an American, we will respond,” the American president additional indicated in a press launch.

The three our bodies returning house

The American response happened solely two hours after the doorways of the mortuary van closed on the three coffins coated with the Stars and Stripes, on a base within the northeast of the United States, on the finish of the solemn return ceremony of the three troopers.

The our bodies of William Jerome Rivers, Kennedy Ladon Sanders and Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, troopers from the American state of Georgia (south), have been taken out one after the other on Friday from an imposing army transport aircraft, on the Dover base (north). -East).

READ ALSO Joe Biden's message to his nation: “America is at an inflection point”The ceremony, regulated to the millimeter, lasted round ten minutes, in whole silence solely interrupted by orders meant for the army. The 81-year-old Democrat, who remained immobile within the chilly wind, his hand on his coronary heart and his gaze fastened straight forward, was accompanied by his spouse Jill Biden, Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, the pinnacle of state- Major Charles Brown and different personalities. The households of the three troopers, away from the press, have been additionally current.