“These narrowly tailored strikes in self-defense were intended solely to protect and defend U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria. They are separate and distinct from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas…”
The United States military “conducted self-defense strikes” on two Syrian facilities linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Since Hamas invaded Israel, those groups connected to Iran, have struck American bases in Syria and Iraq.
Those groups hit the American bases 19 times in the past 10 days.
The attacks caused 21 injuries. A U.S. citizen contractor died from cardiac arrest while seeking shelter during a strike.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stressed the strikes on Syrian facilities did not change America’s position in the Hamas-Israel War:
The United States does not seek conflict and has no intention nor desire to engage in further hostilities, but these Iranian-backed attacks against U.S. forces are unacceptable and must stop. Iran wants to hide its hand and deny its role in these attacks against our forces. We will not let them. If attacks by Iran’s proxies against U.S. forces continue, we will not hesitate to take further necessary measures to protect our people.
These narrowly tailored strikes in self-defense were intended solely to protect and defend U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria. They are separate and distinct from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and do not constitute a shift in our approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict. We continue to urge all state and non-state entities not to take action that would escalate into a broader regional conflict.
America did not coordinate or alert Israel about the strikes.
The Biden administration has hesitated to admit Iran backed the Hamas invasion even though Hamas wouldn’t be where it is now without Iran. Plus, Hamas terrorists trained in Iran weeks before the invasion.
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