US Forces Carry Out Retaliatory Strikes On Iran 

The United States on Friday launched an overnight strike on several Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq and Syria.

The attack was conducted in retaliation for Sunday’s drone attack that killed three U.S. service members in Jordan. The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed reports of the strike in a statement, stating that forces conducted airstrikes on more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups.

U.S. forces targeted command and control operations, intelligence centers, militia group’s rockets, missiles, unmanned vehicle storages and supply chain facilities, according to CENTCOM.

President Joe Biden released a statement on X revealing that he ordered the Friday strikes. The president also warned that the U.S. will retaliate against anyone who seeks to harm it.

“Today, at my direction, U.S. military forces struck targets in Iraq and Syria that the IRGC and affiliated militia use to attack U.S. forces,” Biden wrote. “We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But to all those who seek to do us harm: We will respond.”

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby revealed that three of the targeted groups were based in Iraq, with the other one in Syria.

“These targets were carefully selected to avoid civilian casualties,” he added.

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services CommitteeSen. Jack Reed (D-RI) released a statement praising the strikes as a “strong, proportional response.”

“This was a strong, proportional response. In fact, the 85 targets struck tonight mark a greater number than the prior administration. Iran’s proxy forces in Syria and Iraq have been dealt a significant blow, and Iranian-linked militias around the Middle East should understand that they, too, will be held accountable,” Reed said. “I salute the brave U.S. military members who carried out today’s strikes, and I support President Biden’s robust action. These strikes, in concert with wise diplomacy, send a clear signal that the United States will continue to take appropriate action to protect our personnel and our interests. I am confident the Biden Administration will continue to respond and safeguard the American people.”