Upon taking office, it was assumed that Biden would get us back into our old ways and get the United States involved into another foreign war, and on Thursday night, he did just that.
The United States has began to launch airstrikes in Syria, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by militia groups backed by the Iranian regime. According to the Pentagon, the strikes were in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service members along with other coalition troops.
This is the first major military action taken under the Biden Administration, and in the first weeks it was emphasized that its intent was to put more focus on the challenges posed by the Chinese Communist Party.
Pentagon chief spokesperson, John Kirby, announced “This proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners,” He went on. “The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in eastern Syria and Iraq.”
Kirby said that U.S. airstrikes “destroyed multiple facilities at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups.”
“Right now, we’re not able to give you a certain attribution as to who was behind these attacks, what groups, and I’m not going to get into the tactical details of every bit of weaponry used here,” Kirby said. “Let’s let the investigations complete and conclude, and then when we have more to say, we will.”
A little-known Shiite militant group called Saraya Awliya al-Dam, Arabic for Guardians of Blood Brigade, claimed responsibility for the Feb. 15 attack. A week later, a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone appeared to have been targeting the U.S. Embassy, but nobody was hurt.
The frequent attacks by the Shiite militia groups against U.S. targets in Iraq diminished late last year before Joe Biden assumed office. Now Iran is pressuring Biden to return the United States to the disastrous 2015 Tehran nuclear deal. And tensions soared after the Trump administration carried out an attack that killed Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last year.