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Friday 26 February 2021

U.S. Air Strikes on Iran-Backed Militias in Syria

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) — U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria killed at least one fighter and wounded several others in what U.S. officials said was a calibrated response to rocket attacks against American personnel in Iraq.

As was feared as early as last November, it took a little over a month for a Democratic presidency until the US put its war machine back in action and resumed hostilities with Syria. The US reportedly dropped seven 500-pound JDAMs during the airstrike in Al Bukamal, reportedly killed 17 Iran-backed fighters.

The attacks, which took place early on Friday Middle Eastern time, were deliberately designed to show that Joe Biden’s administration will act tough. They targeted militia sites on the Syrian side of the Iraqi-Syrian border, where groups backed by Iran control an important crossing.

Western officials and some Iraqi authorities accuse Iranian-backed groups of involvement in deadly rocket attacks against US sites and personnel in Iraq over the past month. However, Iran denies these accusations and appears to be sincere, having no obvious interest in such action. These attacks could be carried out by warmongers in the White House to create a pretext for the rekindling of war in the region.

In any case, this kind of action can only benefit the Islamic State (IS, ex ISIL, ISIS or Daesh), which, it should be remembered, was created by President Obama.

However, Washington and Tehran are seeking maximum leverage in attempts to return to the Iran nuclear deal secured in 2015 but abandoned by former President Donald Trump in 2018, after which Iran took a defensive posture.

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