U.S. Launches Strikes Against Iran-Backed Militias in Syria

The U.S. launched air strikes against Iranian-backed militia in Syria on February 25. It is the first military action taken against Iran under the Biden administrations. F-15 fighters targeted Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, both Iraqi border-based Shia militia groups. Both groups are believed to have obtained funding and military support from Iran. Reported by Fox News. Read more… The strike was carried out with F-15 fighters using 500-pound laser guided bombs, say officials. The original strike called for two compounds to be hit. The strike on the second target was aborted when a drone showed too many civilians were near the target. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Senate Intelligence Committee chair Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said the strike was the right move. However, he criticized the Biden administration, saying the fifteen minutes notice given Congress was not enough time to process the information. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was blunter, saying, “I hope it wasn’t just bombs in the desert.” He also said the administration should have targeted something that “threatened the United States of America.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… Iran condemned the attacks. It also denied responsibility for the rocket attacks in Iraq that prompted the U.S. strike in Syria. Reported by Reuters. Read more… Syria joined the condemnation, urging U.S. President Joe Biden not to follow “the law of the jungle.” Reported by Reuters. Read more…