US carries out air strikes on targets in Syria – Politics
According to the Pentagon, US units made several attacks during the night Iran Allied groups flown in north-eastern Syria. The attacks came after an American businessman was killed in a drone strike on a US-led coalition base near Al-Hasakah. Another businessman and five US soldiers were injured.
“The airstrikes come in response to a series of attacks on coalition forces carried out by units linked to the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),” US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement. The retaliatory strikes came at the direction of President Joe Biden and affected facilities used by these entities.
The drone strike came just weeks after the top US general, Mark Milley, visited northeastern Syria to assess the operation against the Islamic State and the risk to US personnel.
The US forces were under US President Barack Obama against against the Islamic State (IS) after Syria deployed and worked with a Kurdish-led group called the Syrian Democratic Forces. Iran-backed militias gained a foothold in Syria fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad during the Syrian Civil War.