Pentagon Confirms U.S. Airstrike on Iran-Backed Militias in Syria

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    The Pentagon on Friday confirmed that the United States launched airstrikes in Syria Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.

    The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

    The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist. Biden’s decision to attack in Syria did not appear to signal an intention to widen U.S. military involvement in the region but rather to demonstrate a will to defend U.S. troops in Iraq.

    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the strikes sent “a very clear signal that the United States is going to protect its people.”

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