President Biden Ordered Airstrikes On Buildings In Syria That The Pentagon Said Were Used By Iranian-Backed Militias (Updated)

Authorities said the airstrike targeted structures belonging to two Iranian-backed militias in Al Bukamal (depicted)
NBC: Biden orders airstrikes in Syria, retaliating against Iran-backed militias
The president approved the bombings even as he pursues a diplomatic initiative with Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered airstrikes on buildings in Syria that the Pentagon said were used by Iranian-backed militias, in retaliation for rocket attacks on U.S. targets in neighboring Iraq.
The strikes killed at least 22 people, London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday, citing unconfirmed local reports.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby portrayed the bombing in eastern Syria as carefully calibrated, calling it “proportionate” and “defensive.”
Update: I have the same thoughts …. Pompeo reacts to Syria airstrikes: 'I hope it wasn't just bombs in the desert' (FOX News). Casualties are being reported from one killed to 22.
Update #2: Here is a good summary on the attack itself …. Biden Strikes Back: What We Know About The Bombing Raid On Iran's Militias (Warzone/The Drive).
More News On Yesterday's U.S. Airstrikes In Syria
U.S. Conducts Defensive Airstrikes Against Iranian-backed Militia in Syria — US Department Of Defense
Militia official: US strike in Syria kills 1, wounds several — AP
At least one fighter killed in U.S. air strikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria — Reuters
US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria — France 24
Airstrikes in Syria kill 22 in Joe Biden's first military act as president — The Guardian
U.S. airstrikes target Iran-backed militias in Syria in Biden's 1st military action — CBS News
Biden takes first military action with Syria strike on Iran-backed militias — BBC
US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militias — CNN
US carries out airstrikes on Iran-backed militia in Syria — DW
EXPLAINER: US airstrike in Syria sends message to Iran — APOriginal Article

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