In a decisive move following a drone attack by pro-Iranian militants on a US military base, President Joe Biden ordered the US military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq. The operation, carried out at 2:45 a.m. CET, targeted Kataib Hezbollah militants and destroyed multiple facilities used by the group, the US military said in a statement.
In an earlier drone strike, three American soldiers were wounded, and one is in critical condition. The strike by the US Army serves as a direct response to this incident, to make it known that any attack on the US Army will receive a fierce response.
In particular, the conflict between Israel and Hamas appears to be spreading to other parts of the Middle East, causing turmoil and threatening US troops stationed in Iraq and Syria. In the last 2 months there have been dozens of attacks on the US military for supporting Israel, several of those attacks have been really brutal.
Terrorist groups blame the US for Israel's killing of civilians
Iran-aligned groups in Iraq and Syria have been vocal in their opposition to Israel's Gaza campaign, placing some of the blame on the United States. "These strikes are aimed at holding accountable those elements directly responsible for attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and Syria and reducing their ability to continue attacks.
We will always protect our forces," said General Michael Erik Kurilla, head of US Central Command. The recent attack on a US base in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, involving a one-way drone, marked the latest example of aggression.
This base has been targeted several times, with a significant drone attack reported on October 26, during which the drone managed to penetrate air defenses without detonation. The US government's quick and strong response underscores its commitment to protecting its forces in the face of escalating tensions, we will see what the militants' response will be. We hope that this attack by the US military will deter them from future escalations.