The Pentagon spokesman said the move was in response to recent rocket attacks on US troops in Iraq.
The US military said it carried out attacks on Thursday against facilities in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed militias, following recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq, said declared the Pentagon.
“Under President Biden’s leadership, US military forces earlier this evening carried out airstrikes against infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” spokesman John said. Kirby in a statement.
“These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks on US and coalition personnel in Iraq, and continued threats against such personnel,” he said.
Kirby said the strikes destroyed several facilities at a border checkpoint used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS). It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
The US move came after an attack nearly two weeks ago on the main military base inside Erbil Airport, which killed a foreign civilian contractor and injured at least nine others. , including an American soldier. Foreign troops, deployed as part of the US-led coalition that has helped Iraq fight the armed group ISIL (ISIS) since 2014, are stationed at the site.
A shadowy group calling themselves Awliya al-Dam – or the Blood Guardians – claimed responsibility for the attack and said they would continue to attack US “occupying” forces in Iraq.
The Pentagon statement called the US military response “proportionate,” coordinated with diplomatic measures and conducted in consultation with coalition partners.
“We have acted in a deliberate manner which aims to defuse the overall situation both in eastern Syria and in Iraq,” he said.
Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi, who is in Washington DC, said there was a clear effort to make a distinction with Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.
“Obviously they are trying to make a comparison with the previous administration of Donald Trump who, in response to attacks on coalition forces in Iraq, used the most disproportionate force in killing Iranian General (Qassem) Soleimani Rattansi said.
The Iraqi government is conducting its own investigation into the February 15 attack in Erbil.
This attack was followed a few days later, on a base hosting American forces north of Baghdad. At least one contractor was injured in this attack.
Rockets also hit the Baghdad Green Zone, which is home to the US Embassy and other diplomatic missions, on Monday.
Some Western and Iraqi officials say the attacks, often claimed by little-known groups, are carried out by militants linked to Kata’ib Hezbollah so that Iranian allies harass US forces without being held accountable.