In response to a series of recent attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military conducted targeted strikes against facilities in eastern Syria that are allegedly used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups. These precision strikes were carried out in self-defense, aiming to protect U.S. personnel in the region. The strikes come after a string of attacks on U.S. forces by Iranian-backed militia groups, beginning on October 17.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, confirmed the military’s actions, stating that the strikes were a response to the ongoing attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria. These attacks have left 21 U.S. soldiers injured, with one contractor dying from a heart attack suffered during one such attack. Nineteen of the U.S. soldiers were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.
In a released statement, the U.S. government emphasized its commitment to defending its personnel and interests, expressing its unwavering stance against such attacks. The statement also noted that the United States does not seek conflict and has no intention or desire to engage in further hostilities, but it cannot tolerate continued attacks by Iranian-backed militia groups. The U.S. government believes that Iran is seeking to obscure its role in these attacks and emphasized that it will not allow Iran to avoid responsibility for its proxies’ actions.
The strikes were described as narrowly tailored and solely intended to protect and defend U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. government reiterated that these actions should be distinguished from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas and do not represent a shift in their approach to that conflict. The United States continues to encourage all state and non-state entities to refrain from actions that could escalate into a broader regional conflict.
Tensions in the region have been escalating, with the U.S. government growing increasingly concerned about the actions of Iranian-backed militias and their connection to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. While the U.S. seeks to avoid further hostilities, it remains committed to protecting its personnel and interests, sending a clear message that it will take necessary measures to safeguard its people if attacks by Iran’s proxies continue. This development raises concerns about the potential for further escalation in a region already marked by instability.
🇺🇸🇮🇷 BREAKING: The US military has carried out MULTIPLE AIRSTRIKES on two locations in eastern Syria. pic.twitter.com/tL4lluYIJN
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) October 27, 2023