Beirut: US strikes on eastern Syria near the border with Iraq killed at least five Iran-backed militia fighters, a war monitor reported on Monday.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that on the Syrian side of the border, “at least five Iranian-backed Iraqi militia fighters were killed in an attack by a U.S. fighter plane, and several others were injured.”
The war monitor relied on a network of sources within Syria to gather information. He said that military positions were among the targets hit.
The Syrian state-run SANA news agency said one child was killed and at least three others were injured.
Earlier, the Pentagon announced that it had carried out a targeted airstrike on “a facility used by Iran-backed militias” on the Iraq-Syria border, saying it was gaining President Joe Biden after continuing attacks on U.S. interests. authorized.
“At President Biden s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision air strikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
Kirby added that the targets — two in Syria, one in Iraq — were selected because “these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.”
US interests in Iraq have come under repeated attack in recent months, with the United States consistently blaming Iran-linked Iraqi factions for rocket and other attacks against Iraqi installations housing its personnel.
“Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting US interests in Iraq, the president directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks,” Kirby said.
“Specifically, the US strikes targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq, both of which lie close to the border between those countries,” he added.
The war monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria to collect information, said that military positions were among the targets hit.
The vast majority were bombs targeting logistics convoys, and 14 were rocket attacks, some of which were claimed by pro-Iranian factions to force Washington to withdraw all troops.
The attack occurred one day after Iraqi Kurdish officials said that three drones carrying explosives attacked near the northern Iraqi city of Albil, where the United States has a consulate there.
It also happened when Hashed al-Shaabi, a pro-Iranian paramilitary coalition opposed to the US presence in Iraq, held a military parade near Baghdad, where senior officials participated in the military parade.
In April of this year, a drone full of explosives attacked the Iraqi headquarters of the coalition forces located in the military zone of Albil Airport, the capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq.
This tactic is a headache for the coalition forces, because drones can evade air defense.
“As shown by the strike tonight, President Biden has made it clear that he will take action to protect American personnel,” Kirby said.