The US military conducted an airstrike in Syria targeting Iran-backed militias, the Pentagon reports.
It said that the attack destroyed “multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of militant groups supported by Iran.”
In response to recent attacks against US and coalition staff in Iraq, President Joe Biden approved the action.
During a rocket attack on US targets in Iraq earlier this month, a civilian contractor was killed.
When the rockets struck sites in Irbil, including a base used by the U.S.-led coalition, a US service member and five other contractors were injured.
U.S. bases in Baghdad, including the Green Zone that houses the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic missions, have also been targeted by missiles.
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In Thursday’s attack in eastern Syria, the Pentagon named Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada as two of the Iran-backed militias it attacked.
It called the action a “proportionate military response” which, including consulting coalition partners, was taken “along with diplomatic steps.”
The operation is sending an unequivocal message,” said the Pentagon comment.”
“In order to protect American and Coalition staff, President Biden will act. At the same time, we have behaved in a deliberate way aimed at de-escalating the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 17 pro-Iranian fighters were killed by the attacks.
“Three lorries carrying ammunition were hit by the attacks,” Rami Abdul Rahman of the observatory told AFP. “There have been several deaths.”
Source: BBC News