Skip to main content

US strikes Syria bases used by Iran-linked groups

 


The US has carried out air strikes against two weapons and ammunition storage facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the strikes were in response to recent attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups.

The US strikes were "separate and distinct from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas," he said in a statement.

Iran did not immediately comment.

The strikes, carried out by a pair of F-16 US air force fighters, took place on Friday at around 04:30 local time (01:30 GMT) near Abu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq.

It is not yet known if there were any casualties from the attacks.

"These precision self-defence strikes are a response to a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups that began on October 17," Mr Austin said in a statement.

US and coalition troops have been attacked at least 12 times in Iraq and four times in Syria since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began.

A total of 21 US military personnel have suffered minor injuries, according to the Pentagon.

American officials attribute the attacks to Iranian proxy groups operating in the region. Iran backs both Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Hezbollah, which operates in Lebanon, with arms as well as money.

"These Iranian-backed attacks against US forces are unacceptable and must stop," Mr Austin said.

"If attacks by Iran's proxies against US forces continue, we will not hesitate to take further necessary measures to protect our people."

In normal times, these air strikes would not be that remarkable.

But with a war raging in the Gaza Strip and fears of an escalation into a regional conflict there is an underlying worry that Iran and its proxies could soon get involved in the fight between Israel and Hamas, sparking a wider and even more serious war.

The White House said on Thursday that President Joe Biden had warned Iran against targeting US personnel in the Middle East via a rare message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

At a UN General Assembly meeting in New York also on Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned that Washington would not be spared from the fire engulfing the region if the violence in Gaza continued.

The US has sent warships and fighter aircraft to the region in recent weeks. On Thursday, US officials said some 900 US troops were also being moved there.

The US is at great pains to emphasise that the overnight action in eastern Syria is not connected to what is going on in Gaza, that it was not done in any coordination with Israel, and that it is a completely separate action of self-defence.

It is trying to distance its action and tell Iran to back off.

Despite this, it will be seen as connected and part of US actions in the region that are seen as supportive of Israel.

 

Popular posts from this blog

Donkey Laughs at Dog Getting Shocked By Electric Fence

GoFundMe URGENT. LIFE SAVING APPEAL.

First My Name and Address Is Bottom Website. Second Click On Follow and Share. 3rd bookmark this page and come back daily and share 10 people please. Please Find It In Your Hearts To Give $25 or £25  This Will Provide Life Saving Support.  You Can Gift Anonomous Using  1.Paypal (No Account Needed)  2. Cards  3. G-Pay.   If You Click To Home Page, You Can Gift By Paypal.  (no account needed, you can use card option) (with paypal you can click the monthly option if you wish) (clicking here will also take you to paypal)  Thanks   (I Am Destitute Here, This Is Why I Am Using The Click Generator.)  (I Am Not Professional, I As You Can See Am One Guy Fighting To Live)   ALSO   Click on The Click Generator and Join For $5.00 Per Month.  All Websites and Social Media Need To Be Seen.   Then Send Me Message,  Just Post Comment, Only I See Them. Gift £25 , Send Me Your Links and I Will Advertise For Life. (post link as comment and only i see, does not go public, then i will advertise on the web)

Serengeti National Park, Tazania. Please Share.

The Serengeti ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa, spanning the Mara and Arusha Regions of Tanzania. The protected area within the region includes approximately 30,000 km² of land, including the Serengeti National Park and several game reserves.