On Sunday evening, the United States launched air strikes on what it said were facilities used by two Iranian-backed militias on the border between Syria and Iraq.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said operational and weapons storage facilities, two in Syria and one in Iraq, which were used to launch drone strikes against US forces and facilities, were targeted.
The facilities were used by many Iranian-backed people Including militias Kirby said in a statement that Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’.
He added that the air strikes were “defensive” and in response to “the ongoing series of attacks by Iranian-backed groups targeting US interests in Iraq”.
“The United States has taken necessary, appropriate and deliberate action to reduce the risk of escalation — but also to send a clear and unambiguous message of deterrence,” Kirby said.
These strikes are the second time that President Joe Biden has ordered the use of force in the region after the United States carried out air strikes Against Iranian-backed militias in Syria in late February.
The strikes came just over a week after the landslide electoral victory In Iran, conservative cleric and chief justice Ibrahim Raisi gave regime hardliners control of all branches of the Iranian state for the first time in nearly a decade.
“Protecting the military heroes who defend our freedoms is a sacred priority,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
“Congress looks forward to receiving and reviewing the formal notification of this operation under the War Powers Act and to receiving additional briefings from the administration,” she added.
Biden’s administration is seeking to Re-entering the 2015 nuclear deal الاتفاق With Iran and started several rounds of indirect negotiations in Vienna, which have not yet achieved any progress.
Tehran has repeatedly demanded that Washington lift sanctions before it agreed to curb its nuclear program. Since the Trump administration withdrew from the deal, Iran has violated restrictions on its nuclear production, raising concerns with the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.
Biden promised to join the nuclear deal if Tehran returned to full compliance with the deal. But his administration is under pressure from US politicians, Israel and Washington’s Arab partners to take a hard line on Iran’s support for regional militias and its missile program.