The US military conducted airstrikes on two locations in eastern Syria associated with Iran's Revolutionary Guards, as confirmed by the Pentagon. Concerns have been rising that the conflict between Israel and Hamas could escalate into a broader regional confrontation.
Ever since the attack by Hamas on Israel, and the response of the Israelis, the Iranians have emphasized that they are ready to get involved in this conflict and help the people of Palestine. The airstrikes targeted a weapons depot and an ammunition depot used by the IRGC and its supported militia groups.
Senior US officials told Reuters that it remains uncertain whether there were Iranian casualties. The strikes occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Friday near Abu Kamal, a Syrian town near the Iraq border. They were carried out by two F-16 fighter jets using precision munitions, according to one official.
In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that these "precision self-defense strikes" were a response to a series of drone and missile attacks by Iran-backed militias on US bases and personnel in Syria and Iraq, which began last week.
The Iranians emphasized that they do not want to sit silently and watch the Palestinians suffer. There are great chance that the Iranians will decide on the same moves in the coming period.
President Joe Biden ordered these targeted strikes to reaffirm that the United States will not tolerate such attacks and is committed to defending its personnel, interests, and itself.
Biden is disappointed with the Iranian policy, and he realized that it is necessary to respond. The Pentagon reported a total of at least 12 attacks on US bases and personnel in Iraq and four in Syria since October 17. Over 24 US soldiers sustained minor injuries, and one contractor experienced cardiac arrest and died while seeking shelter from a potential drone attack.
The situation in the world is chaotic, and these can be indications of terrible things that could follow. The involvement of more participants cannot bring positive things. On the other hand, many countries do not want to silently watch the suffering, and call for peace.