US airstrikes in Syria near the border with Iraq
DAMASCUS, (BM) – US President Joe Biden’s first military operation is already a fact. On Thursday evening against Friday morning, the United States launched the first airstrike on Iranian bases in Syria, located near Iraq’s border.
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In a Pentagon statement, the United States said the airstrikes were in response to Iranian attacks in Iraq earlier this month. Analysts say the US strikes show no intention of expanding the US contingent in the region. According to them, these strikes are a demonstration of force.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters that the US strikes were a response to Shiite actions since February 15. According to him, the United States is confident in Shiites’ involvement, and therefore the attacks were carried out.
“We said several times that we would respond on our timeline,” Austin said. “We wanted to be sure of the connectivity, and we wanted to be sure that we had the right targets.”
A Pentagon spokesman said US airstrikes had achieved their goal. “We have destroyed many facilities at a border checkpoint.” According to Kirby, this checkpoint is using by battle groups of Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
What are the injuries, and how many are the victims?
Seventeen people had killed, and three trucks with ammunition were also destroyed. This statement comes from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, all those killed were the Hashed al-Shaabi group members. This group is sponsoring by Iraq and has ties to Iran.
The Pentagon condemned the February 15 military attack near the Iraqi city of Irbil. We remind you that this area in Iraq is semi-autonomous and governed by Kurds. According to military sources, many bombs and terrorist acts in Iraq are the work of Shiite militias.
Three rockets hit Baghdad on February 22
Baghdad came under rocket fire on Monday (February 22nd), BulgarianMilitary.com as we reported, citing a statement from the Iraqi military. According to Iraqis, three rockets hit Iraq’s capital, two of which fell in the city’s fortified Green Zone.
According to U.S. military intelligence, the missiles were fired by Katyusha multiple rocket launchers. The U.S. military has confirmed that the two missiles landed near the U.S. embassy, located in Baghdad’s green zone. The Joint Operations Headquarters locates in the Green Zone, as well as other foreign missions.
No casualties reported so far, and field sources say the missiles caused minor damage. No one or any organization has claimed responsibility for the missile attack.
This attack is the third rocket attack in the Green Zone in Baghdad in the last 7-10 days. The question remains how mobile and stationary missile defense systems fail to intercept and destroy missiles that fall in the Green Zone.
Terrorist acts in Iraq using explosives and firearms. Attacks accompanied by many victims carry out against the civilian population, law enforcement officers, and other states’ diplomatic missions. Islamic State or ISIS is responsible for some of the attacks. A common tactic is to undermine mined cars, as well as suicide bombings. Explosions are herding in mosques, markets, restaurants during the funeral. By the number of terrorist acts, Iraq is one of the hottest spots in the world. More than 40,000 people died from the attacks.
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