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Biden to Congress: We Responded to Erbil Attack

US President Joe Biden explained to his country’s Congress that the strikes on pro-Iran militias in Syria were in response to the attacks against the US forces in Erbil and elsewhere in Iraq.

On February 15, multiple rockets were fired towards Erbil International Airport where the US-led Global Coalition forces are stationed, killing at least one contractor and injuring four other people, including a US service member.

Outside the airport, several rockets fell on civilian-populated districts, killing one and injuring two others.

“In response, I directed this military action to protect and defend our personnel and our partners against these attacks and future such attacks. The United States always stands ready to take necessary and proportionate action in self-defense, including when, as is the case here, the government of the state where the threat is located is unwilling or unable to prevent the use of its territory by non-state militia groups responsible for such attacks,” Biden wrote in a letter to Congress on Saturday.

“I directed this military action consistent with my responsibility to protect United States citizens both at home and abroad and in furtherance of United States national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct United States foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.  The United States took this action pursuant to the United States’ inherent right of self-defense as reflected in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter,” he added.

Consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), Biden said the information about the strike in Syria were provided to the Congress, and he hoped that he will have the support of the US legislature in this matter.