The United States begins retaliatory strikes after a drone attack killed 3 American soldiers

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The United States began launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria on Friday against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and affiliated groups, US Central Command said, in what the Biden administration called a “multi-level” response to a deadly drone attack. Three American soldiers were killed last Sunday.

US forces struck more than 85 targets associated with the IRGC-QF and its affiliated militias using numerous aircraft, including long-range bombers transferred from the United States and US Central Command. he said in a social media post. The airstrikes used more than 125 precision munitions against command and intelligence centers, missile and missile storage facilities, unmanned aerial vehicles, logistics facilities and the munitions supply chain of “militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against US and coalition forces.” Central Command added.

“Our response begins today. It will continue at times and places of our choosing,” President Biden said in a statement on Friday. He added: “The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But let all those who might seek to harm us know this: If you harm an American, we will respond.”

Biden told reporters on Monday that he had decided to respond Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin He said on Thursday that it was time to get rid of “more capabilities than we acquired in the past.”

US officials told CBS News earlier this week that there is Plan a series of strikes Against targets including facilities and personnel associated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iraq and Syria.

The administration blamed the drone strike on the Islamic Resistance Group in Iraq, an Iranian-backed militia group. Austin said Thursday that it is unclear whether Iran knew about the drone attack ahead of time, but without Iran, these attacks would not have happened.

“We don’t know the extent to which Iran knew or didn’t know,” Austin said. “It doesn’t really matter because Iran sponsors these groups, funds these groups, and in some cases, trains these groups in advanced conventional weapons.” He said.

Iran-backed groups US forces in Iraq and Syria have been attacked more than 160 times since October, but until Sunday’s attack in Jordan, no US service members had been killed.

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