The United States launched an air strike on the facilities of two Iran-backed militias on the border between Syria and Iraq. This was the second such attack by the Biden administration in four months.
Just over a week after the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi won the Iranian presidential election, the strike is likely to trigger tensions in the region.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that combat and weapons storage facilities used to launch drone attacks on U.S. troops and facilities are targets in Syria and Iraq.
Kirby stated that the airstrikes were “defensive” and were a response to “a series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq.” He added that several Iranian-backed people are using them. The militia includes Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
Kirby said: “The United States has taken necessary, appropriate, and deliberate actions to limit the risk of escalation – and it has also sent a clear and unmistakable message of deterrence.”
After a rocket attack in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil killed a civilian contractor and wounded several others, including a member of the US military, President Joe Biden first ordered an attack on Iran at the Iraq-Syrian border in February. Supported militia organizations.
Iraq is home to countless militant groups backed by Iran. These groups often launch rockets and drones at Iraqi bases where US troops and US facilities are stationed.
The Trump administration assassinated Iran’s most powerful commander Qassim Soleimani and Iraqi senior militia leader Abu Mahdi Mohan in a U.S. drone attack near Baghdad airport in January 2020 After Diss, the frequency of attacks increased.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the Biden administration is heading in the wrong direction and is following the “failure” policy of its predecessor. He added that the United States is “disturbing the security of the region” and warned that it will become “one of the victims of such disturbances.”
“We recommend that the new US government reform its path, not [following] This emotional behavior creates a crisis. .. The problems and predicaments of the people in the area,” Khatibzad told reporters at a weekly news conference on Monday.
The declared goal of many militant groups is to avenge the deaths of Shi’ite militia heroes Suleymani and Muhandis. After Soleimani’s death, Iran vowed to drive American troops out of the area.
Approximately 2,500 U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq, where the U.S. and Iran compete.
The U.S. strike on Sunday followed Lacey’s election, A conservative clergyman and judicial director, for the first time in nearly a decade, let a hardline regime control all branches of the Islamic Republic. Raisi became president in August.
The attack occurred during a sensitive period as the Biden administration and world powers sought to reach an agreement with Iran, which would lead the United States to rejoin the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by Tehran and the world powers.
The remaining signatories to the agreement — Britain, Germany, France, China, and Russia — have held several rounds of talks in Vienna to restore the agreement.
After the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and imposed waves of sanctions on Iran, hostilities between the United States and Iran escalated.
Biden has said that if Iran resumes full compliance with the agreement, the United States will rejoin the agreement and lift a number of sanctions. Tehran insists that the United States must lift all sanctions.
But the Biden administration also faces pressure from U.S. politicians and Arab partners in Israel and Washington to take a hard line on Iran’s support for regional militias and its missile programs. Iran has vowed not to reduce its support for regional militias or contain large-scale missile programs, even if this means that the United States will not lift sanctions.