U.S. forces struck weapons facilities used by Iran in Syria on Wednesday in response to continued attacks on forces throughout the region.
Iran and its terrorist proxy groups throughout the region have launched 22 attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and another 18 attacks against U.S. forces in Syria, leading to 46 U.S. soldiers being injured, including 25 who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement that the “self-defense” strikes were on “a facility in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups.”
“This strike was conducted by two U.S. F-15s against a weapons storage facility,” he said. “This precision self-defense strike is a response to a series of attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by IRGC-Quds Force affiliates.”
This was the second such strike U.S. forces have launched against Iranian forces in Syria over the last couple of weeks. The administration has not released any footage of the strikes.
Austin added that the U.S. will continue to conduct counter-ISIS missions in Iraq and Syria.
Following a series of attacks against U.S. persons in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) forces conducted an air strike against a facility in Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups. We will take all necessary measures to… pic.twitter.com/KoLGWbnaxo
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) November 8, 2023
The Biden administration has faced intense criticism over its soft stance toward Iran, which is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and which played a significant role in Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attack against Israel.
The administration has downplayed Iran’s involvement in the attacks, despite numerous credible reports to the contrary, “in the hope of maintaining a nuclear understanding with Tehran once Israel’s war against Hamas ends,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said in a recent analysis.
“In yet another attempt to appease Tehran, the United States allowed UN prohibitions on Iran’s ballistic missile and drone programs to lapse on October 18,” the report added. “The administration did not work with European powers to trigger the snapback of UN sanctions.”
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