welcome to our new post in this post we talk about Why Biden Orders Airstrikes in Response to Attack on US Troops by Iranian. On Monday morning, following a unilateral drone attack on the Erbil Air Base that left 3 U.S service members injured, President Joe Biden directed an airstrike in Iraq. National Security Council spokesman Adrian Watson stated in a press release that Iran-backed militias, including Kata’ib Hezbollah, claimed responsibility for the attack on Christmas Day. One American soldier sustained serious injuries.
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After receiving information about the situation and injuries, President Biden ordered the Department of Defense to assess response options. Watson mentioned that the President ultimately authorized strikes on three locations used by Kata’ib Hezbollah and associated groups, focusing on “specifically human-free aerial drone activities.”
Approximately 12 hours after the injuries to American personnel, a response was initiated in Iraq around 4:45 AM local time. Iraqi authorities reported one terrorist killed and 18 others injured in the airstrikes.
In a separate statement, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that the purpose of the strikes was to disrupt and degrade the capabilities of responsible groups. According to a statement from U.S. Central Command, the airstrikes likely resulted in the deaths of “multiple Kataib Hezbollah terrorists“.
President Biden had previously issued a warning to Iran last month, stating that the U.S. would respond if American soldiers were targeted amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
General Eric Kurilla, the head of U.S. Central Command, explained that the intent of these strikes is to hold directly accountable elements responsible for attacks on coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, reducing their ability to continue such attacks.
Following the initiation of attacks by Hamas on Israel on October 7, the Pentagon has taken several steps to prevent further escalation in Gaza. A major concern is the support of terrorist groups backed by Iran, active in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have intensified rocket attacks on U.S. military positions. Since October 7, there have been around 80 such attacks, prompting the Pentagon to conduct airstrikes on sites associated with rocket storage and launching. In one incident, an AC-130 gunship from the Air Force responded to ongoing attacks by terrorists with precision gunfire.
Additionally, following drone attacks on commercial ships by Houthi rebels, the Pentagon has coordinated a coalition in the Red Sea. In recent weeks, Houthi rebels have targeted ships with drones and missiles, resulting in the destruction of four drones targeting ships. On Tuesday, Lebanese and F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets targeted 12 enemy drones and three anti-ship cruise missiles in the southern Red Sea. There is no information about casualties or damage to ships.
Since October 17, Houthi terrorists have carried out 15 attacks on commercial shipping.