Joe Biden Directs Military to Launch Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

By Cassandra Fairbanks

Joe Biden directed the military to launch airstrikes in Syria and Iraq on Sunday.

The Pentagon said in a statement that the strikes were meant to “send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message” while limiting “the risk of escalation.”

“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement. He claimed that the targets of the strikes were conducting “unmanned aerial vehicle attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.”

In his statement, Kirby was adamant that the strikes were an act of “self defense” and did not violate the Constitution.

“As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel,” Kirby said. “Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks.”

Kirby said that three locations were targeted in the strikes, two in Syria and one in Iraq, that were “operational and weapons storage facilities… [used by] several Iran-backed militia groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS).”

The strikes were carried out using F-15 and F-16 warplanes and all pilots returned from the mission safely, according to a report from USA Today. It is currently unclear if there were any casualties, let alone if they were militia members or civilians.

Navy Cmdr. Jessica McNulty said that all of the strikes hit their intended targets.

“Their elimination will disrupt and degrade the operational capacity of the militia groups and deter additional attacks,” she said.

This is the second attack that Biden has ordered since taking office in January.

On February 25, the US military destroyed “multiple facilities” in Syria in response to attacks on US and coalition personnel in Iraq. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that there were at least 22 people killed during those strikes. The Syrian government condemned the attack, saying that the strikes violated international law and “will lead to consequences that will escalate the situation in the region.”

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14 responses to “Joe Biden Directs Military to Launch Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq”

  1. Nyarlethotep says:

    Thank you for covering this Cassandra.

  2. TheGreatChooper says:

    Thanks for covering the story so objectively Cassandra, I was pretty shocked when Tim stayed silent on this issue in favor of less important stories, I’m guessing youtube won’t let him haha. Anyways thanks for sharing the just the facts version of the what happened instead of some narrative bullshit .

  3. thndrbrd says:

    Wow things seem so much better with uncle Joe. I guess we all know he didn’t bomb with hate in his heart.

  4. Jesse_Dawn says:

    Spot on.

  5. Plaguen says:

    Were those meant for Libya or Syria?

  6. Plaguen says:

    Kinda what I was thinking.

  7. McCaffrey6100 says:

    It might be my bias against Biden, but this feels like an attempt to show Biden isn’t weak…”see we shot missiles.” After Russia and China stood up to America…we went and picked on Syria. We shouldn’t even be there!

    This is school yard bully garbage.

  8. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    The left prefers a president that bombs 3rd world countries to a president that simply calls them shitholes.

  9. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    Best way to protect US troops is to not have them stationed in some shithole that will never ever not be a shithole.

  10. ItsaMeee says:

    How to: Build Back Better

  11. MasterOfMaker says:

    But at least the POTUS isnt ORANGE ANYMORE!!! ::sarcasm::

  12. FuzzyMarineVet says:

    Here we go again, as BCP said on YouTube today. The MIC is directing the government to take us to lucrative war to enrich the munitions makers.

  13. Gollond says:

    Thank you Cassandra!