The United States launched simultaneous airstrikes on more than 85 targets in the territory of Iraq and Syria in the Middle East on Friday. It is said that these attacks took place on the installations of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran-backed armed groups.
Yesterday’s strike was seen as a response to a drone attack on a US military base in Jordan near the Syrian border last Sunday. Three US soldiers were killed in the attack on the military base. 41 people were injured.
Washington blamed Iran-backed armed groups for the attack. In response, the United States approved plans to launch attacks on Iranian-backed armed groups in Syria and Iraq.
Yesterday’s attack was the first multi-pronged response by the Joe Biden administration against Iran-backed armed groups to implement the plan. It is also believed that there may be more such attacks in the coming days.
Yesterday’s attack used long-range B-1 bombers, flown from the United States. However, the US forces did not directly attack the territory of Iran.
The Middle East is already heated by the nearly four-month-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, the British-American attack is underway in Yemen to stop the Iran-backed Houthis. Analysts fear that the new US attacks in Iraq and Syria may destabilize the region in the long term.
A statement was issued by the US military after yesterday’s attack. It said that more than 85 targets were simultaneously attacked at seven locations. These attacks were carried out in three places in Iraq and four in Syria. Other targets included command and control centers of armed groups, military logistics and drone storage units.
The targets were the positions of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force in Syria and Iraq. From Iraq to Lebanon, Syria to Yemen—the Quds Force has extensive influence across the Middle East. The Quds Force has increased its influence by joining hands with various armed groups in the countries of the Middle East.
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