US airstrikes against Iranian militants – Photos & VIDEO
Defence Redefined
Published on 28/06/2021 at 08:10

At least five members of an Iranian-backed militant group have been killed and several others wounded in US-led airstrikes on the Syrian-Iraqi border on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“At least five fighters from Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups have been killed and several others wounded in a US-led attack,” said the London-based NGO.

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According to analysts, the US attack was carried out with F-15E aircraft. The Pentagon said in a statement that the bombing took place shortly after noon in front of a US military base in Iraq, killing at least 20 people.

In detail: 

“At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region. The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq. Specifically, the US strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both of which lie close to the border between those countries. Several Iran-backed militia groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS), used these facilities.

As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect US personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting US interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks. We are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq for the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS. The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation – but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.

As a matter of international law, the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defence. The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope. As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action pursuant to his Article II authority to protect US personnel in Iraq.”


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