The United States initiated airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on Friday, targeting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and related organizations, according to the U.S. Central Command. This action is part of the Biden administration’s “multi-tiered” approach to a fatal drone attack.
three American soldiers were killed last Sunday.
The U.S. military launched attacks on over 85 locations linked to the IRGC’s elite Quds Force and associated militias using multiple aircraft, including long-range bombers from the United States. According to a post on social media by U.S. Central Command, the airstrikes employed over 125 precise weapons against command centers, intelligence facilities, storage areas for rockets, missiles, and drones, and logistical and munitions supply facilities used by “militant groups and their IRGC supporters who have carried out attacks against U.S. and coalition forces.”
According to a statement from President Biden on Friday, our reaction has started and will occur at our discretion. The US has no intention of instigating conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else globally. However, anyone who intends to harm Americans should be aware that we will retaliate if an American is harmed.
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that it was necessary to remove “an even greater amount of capability than what we have removed in the past.”
U.S. officials told CBS News earlier this week there were
Proposed plan to carry out a sequence of strikes
Attacks have been carried out against objectives such as buildings and individuals linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran in Iraq and Syria.
The government attributed the drone strike to the Islamic Resistance of Iraq, a coalition of armed groups supported by Iran. Austin stated on Thursday that it is uncertain if Iran was aware of the drone attack beforehand, but without their involvement, these attacks would not occur.
“Regardless of the extent of Iran’s knowledge, it is insignificant as they are the ones supporting, funding, and training these groups with advanced conventional weapons,” stated Austin.
Since October, there have been over 160 attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria. However, prior to the attack in Jordan on Sunday, no U.S. service members had lost their lives.