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U.S. Unleashes Airstrikes On Iranian-Linked Sites In Eastern Syria

In the early hours of Friday morning in Syria, the U.S. military launched precision airstrikes on two locations in eastern Syria, targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.
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In the early hours of Friday morning in Syria, the U.S. military launched precision airstrikes on two locations in eastern Syria, targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

These strikes were in response to a series of drone and missile attacks against U.S. bases and personnel in the region.

The Biden administration’s objective was to strike Iranian-backed groups suspected of targeting the U.S. while avoiding further escalation in the region.

Since October 17, there have been a total of 12 attacks on U.S. bases and personnel in Iraq, as well as four in Syria.

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These assaults have utilized drones to target strategic locations such as al-Asad Airbase in Iraq and al-Tanf Garrison in Syria. During two of these attacks, 21 U.S. personnel sustained minor injuries.

Additionally, a contractor tragically suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away while seeking shelter from a possible drone attack. These repeated attacks prompted the U.S. to respond with precision airstrikes.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the “precision self-defense strikes are a response to a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups that began on October 17.”

Austin emphasized President Joe Biden’s directive to defend U.S. forces, interests, and personnel, making it clear that the United States would not tolerate such aggression.

Furthermore, he clarified that these strikes were separate and distinct from Israel’s war against Hamas, despite concerns that the conflict could potentially escalate into a wider war involving Iran.

While the Biden administration has not directly accused Iran of orchestrating the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, it acknowledges Iran’s historical support for Hamas.

The U.S. is wary that Iran and its proxies could exploit the situation, turning it into a broader conflict. Austin reiterated the U.S. stance of not seeking a broader conflict but warned that the U.S. would not hesitate to take additional action if Iranian proxy groups continue their attacks on U.S. forces.

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