Back to the war machine
It took just over one month of a Joe Biden presidency for the US to turn back on the war machine and start raining missiles on Syria again.
Reuters reports that Biden ordered military air strikes in eastern Syria against facilities claimed to be used by Iran-backed militia.
The US reportedly dropped seven 500-pound JDAMs during the airstrike in Al Bukamal, reportedly killed 17 Iran-backed fighters.
The Pentagon says that the strikes were a response to ‘rocket attacks’ on February 15th against US ‘targets’ in Iraq.
Iranian militias have denied that they were involved in attacks against US facilities or troops.
American forces have struck at an Iranian-backed militia in Syria that launched rocket attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told reporters. President Joe Biden ordered the attack.
— James A. Garamone (@GaramoneDODNews) February 26, 2021
“At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” a Pentagon statement noted.
“President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” said spokesman John Kirby.
Dropping bombs apparently constitutes ‘de-escalation’ now.
One thing people aren't picking up on is how focused the Biden White House is on Syria. They want Assad and his generals gone. This is taking up way more of their time than they are letting on publicly.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 23, 2021
Some called out the hypocrisy, referencing comments from Democrats after Trump allowed a strike to be carried out in Syria almost four years ago:
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 26, 2021
Great question, Jen! https://t.co/JuV703DaFk
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 26, 2021