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Biden Orders Airstrikes on Iranian-backed Militias to Respond to Erbil Attack

The US warplanes on Thursday carried out airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria at President Joe Biden’s direction in response to the recent rocket attack in the Kurdistan Region, a statement has confirmed.

“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Earlier this month, multiple rockets were fired towards Erbil International Airport attempting to target the US-led Coalition forces, killing two people and wounding several others, including a US service member, with Washington blaming the incident on pro-Iran militia groups in Iraq.

“These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel,” the statement explained.

Thursday’s air raid “destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iran-backed militant groups, including Kait’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kait’ib Sayyid al – Shuhada (KSS).”

The “military response” was carried “with diplomatic measures, including consultation with Coalition partners,” the statement noted.

“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”