The United States approved plans to multi-day strikes against multiple targets in Iraq and Syriain which the presence of Iranian personnel and facilitiesas reported by CBS News citing official sources.
President Joe Biden explained Tuesday that he was working on how to respond to the drone attack on a US facility in northern Jordan, along the Syrian border, and that provoked the death of three soldiers and injured 40 others. The United States blamed a drone operated by militants with the support of Iran for the attack.
The three soldiers killed during a drone attack. Photo: Reuters
A day earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken had stated that the US military response It would be “at various levels, in stages and sustained over time”. In its information, CBS does not give details of what the North American approval entails nor the calendar of the attacks.
The drone attack in Jordan was the first deadly attack on US forces in the area since the Gaza war began. The action marked an escalation in tensions in the Middle East.
Who attacked the marines
The United States on Wednesday blamed the drone attack that killed three American service members in Jordan on the Islamic Resistance in Iraqa group that brings together militias backed by Iran.
Iran threatened to “respond decisively” to any US attack on the Islamic Republic after the US said it held Tehran responsible. The United States has signaled that it is preparing for retaliatory strikes in the Middle East following Sunday's drone attack that also injured more than 40 soldiers at Tower 22, a secret base in northeastern Jordan that has been crucial to the American presence in neighboring Syria.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that the United States believes the attack was planned, financed and facilitated by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a group that includes the militant group Kataib Hezbollah. He said Biden “believes it is important to respond appropriately.”
As of Wednesday, Iran-aligned militias They had launched 166 attacks against US military installations since Oct. 18, including 67 in Iraq, 98 in Syria and one in Jordan, according to the U.S. military.
Attack on militias
USA has counterattacked the militias several times during the last three months. On October 27, US warplanes attacked two weapons and ammunition storage sites in eastern Syria, near Boukamal, that were used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian-backed groups.
Also in Syria, fighter planes dropped bombs over an IRGC weapons storage facility near Maysulun in Deir el-Zour on November 8. And US airstrikes targeted a training facility and a safe house in the Bulbul district of Mayadin on November 12.
On December 26, the United States launched attacks against three sites in Iraq used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups, and on January 23, the United States attacked three sites in Iraq, again targeting Kataib Hezbollah.
The risks of a major attack
Any additional US attacks could further inflame a region already agitated by Israel's ongoing war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The war began when Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 250 hostages. Since then, Israeli attacks have killed more than 26,000 Palestinians and displaced nearly 2 million from their homes, sparking anger across the Muslim world.
Violence has broken out across the Middle East, with Iran attacking targets in Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, and the United States carrying out airstrikes against Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels for their attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. Some observers fear a new round of attacks on Iran could lead the region into a broader war.
With information from the Associated Press and La Vanguardia