Biden orders airstrikes against facilities used by Iranian-backed militias
“The targets were selected because these facilities are used by Iranian-backed militias who are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on US personnel and installations in Iraq. Specifically, the US strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both located near the border between those countries, ”Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in the report. communicated.
“As tonight’s strikes demonstrated, President Biden has made it clear that he will act to protect US personnel. Given the series of ongoing attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting US interests in Iraq, the president has ordered further military action to disrupt and deter these attacks, ”Kirby said.
Returning to the White House on Sunday night after a weekend at Camp David, Biden did not stop to answer questions about the airstrikes, telling reporters gathered on the South Lawn: “I’ll talk to you tomorrow.”
A spokesperson for the National Security Council referred CNN’s request for comment to the Pentagon on Sunday.
The airstrikes were not the first ordered by this administration.
This story has been updated with an additional background.