Reuters, AFP and CNN report that the attacks began on Friday evening. In a statement later, the US military says it has carried out strikes against “more than 85 targets with multiple aircraft”. The attacks were carried out against command centers and other strategic targets.
– On my orders, US forces have hit facilities in Iraq and Syria that are used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and militias associated with them, says President Joe Biden.
– We started to respond today, and we choose when and how to continue to respond, says the president, who at the same time emphasizes that the US does not want a conflict in the Middle East or elsewhere.
Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has announced that the revenge attacks will come in several rounds.
Syrian state media write that an unknown number of people have been killed and injured at the border between Syria and Iraq.
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The exile group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says at least 18 pro-Iranian fighters have been killed in US strikes in eastern Syria on Friday. Five were killed in Der al-Zor, according to SOHR
The US holds Iran responsible for the attack, and several media wrote on Thursday that a retaliatory strike against “Iranian targets” in Syria and Iraq was imminent. President Biden said on Tuesday that he had then decided how the United States would take revenge.