One Iranian-backed militia member killed in Syria strike: Pentagon

A close up view of destroyed buildings at an Iraq-Syria border crossing after airstrikes, seen in this February 26, 2021 handout satellite image provided by Maxar. ( REUTERS)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A U.S. strike in Syria last week killed one Iranian backed militia member and injured two others, the Pentagon said on Monday.

“We’ll continue to assess, as you know we do, and if that changes we’ll certainly let you know,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters, according to Reuters.

The United States carried out air strikes authorized by U.S. President Joe Biden against facilities belonging to Iranian-backed militia in eastern Syria on Thursday, in response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

The air strikes, early on Friday local time, targeted militia sites on the Syrian side of the Iraqi-Syrian frontier, where groups backed by Iran control an important crossing for weapons, personnel and goods.

The United States said the strikes on positions of Kataib Hezbollah paramilitary group were in response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

U.S. officials said the strikes were limited in scope to show U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will act firmly while trying to avoid a big regional escalation.

Western officials and some Iraqi officials accuse Iranian-backed groups of involvement in deadly rocket attacks on U.S. sites and personnel in Iraq over the last month.

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