U.S. Launches Military Airstrikes Against Iranian-Backed Militants In Syria
February 26, 2021
The U.S. launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday targeting Iranian-backed militia groups in the first known offensive military operation carried out by the Biden administration.
The Department of Defense said the strikes are a response to recent rocket attacks against Americans in Iraq, including one in which a civilian contractor working with American forces was killed and several U.S. service members were injured. Officials believe the Feb. 15 attack in Erbil, Iraq, was conducted by Shia militants.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby in a statement called the U.S. operation a "proportionate military response."