U.S. to Strike Iraq and Syria
Following the deaths of three U.S. servicemen at the hands of Iran-backed militants, the U.S. has decided to strike Iraq and Syria.
President Joe Biden said Tuesday he had made up his mind on how to respond to the drone strike in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border that killed three American soldiers and wounded more than 40.
The U.S. blamed the drone attack on Iran-backed militants.
On Thursday, CBS News reported that plans for days of strikes had been approved. …
In its report, CBS did not provide details on what a U.S. approval meant in terms of a timeline for the strikes.
The drone attack was the first deadly strike against U.S. forces since the Israel-Gaza war erupted in October, and marked an escalation in tensions that have engulfed the Middle East.
U.S. officials have to weigh how to punish Iran-backed militias without triggering a wider war. They have repeatedly said they do not want a war with Iran.
And they have pointed to Kataib Hezbollah as the group behind Sunday’s drone attack.
It is considered the most powerful faction in the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a broad grouping of Iran-backed militias. …
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