Beirut: Syria and Iran on Friday condemned the deadly US air strikes against Iran-backed militias. Damascus called this a “bad omen” for the new Biden administration, and Tehran said it would further destabilize the region.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that two F-15E “Assault Eagles” dropped seven precision-guided munitions on militia facilities in eastern Syria on Thursday, believed to be a rocket attack on US troops in Iraq. s reason.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden was sending “an unambiguous message that he s going to act to protect Americans and when threats are posed, he has the right to take an action at the time and in the manner of his choosing.”
Psaki said the decision behind the strike — the first since Biden took office — was “deliberative” and the objective is “deescalating activity in both Syria and Iraq.”
Syria condemned the strike as “cowardly American aggression.”
“It is a bad sign regarding the policies of the new US administration which should adhere to international (norms),” the foreign ministry said.
The Iranian foreign ministry strongly condemned what it called “illegal attacks” that are a “clear violation of human rights and international law.”
Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the strikes by “the new US administration (would) lead to intensifying military conflicts and further destabilize the region.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that when U.S. warplanes hit three trucks carrying Iraqi ammunition near the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, at least 22 paramilitary troops from the Hashit Shabibi sponsored by the Iraqi state The fighter was killed.
The raid also destroyed the border post in Hashed, an umbrella organization that included small militias linked to Iran.
Kirby said the Pentagon has received “preliminary details” about the casualties, but declined to disclose any figures.
He said that nine “facilities” used by the militia were “completely destroyed” and two were “partially destroyed.”
This is the first US military action against such an organization since Biden took office five weeks ago, just as Washington opened the door to resuming negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program.