U.S. Airstrikes Target Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq and Syria

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U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria show the Biden administration won’t hesitate to protect its interests in the region, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday, after the move injected new uncertainty into diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.

The raids on operational and weapons storage facilities came in response to attacks on U.S. interests and were a “necessary, appropriate and deliberate action” designed to limit the risk of escalation, Blinken said Monday. Oil markets shrugged off the move with traders focused on a Thursday meeting of the OPEC+ bloc.

There was no immediate reaction to the Sunday attacks from Iran, where President-elect Ebrahim Raisi’s next moves are being closely watched. Iran and world powers have been locked in weeks of talks in Vienna that could see sanctions on the Islamic Republic ease in return for hemming in its contentious nuclear program. Diplomats may meet in the coming days, although no new date has been set.

The U.S. strikes should “send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message,” Blinken said in Rome alongside his Italian counterpart. “I hope very much that it is received by those who are intended to receive it.”

The strikes were carried out on two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq. The U.S. has said they were aimed at deterring future attacks on U.S. interests in Iraq, where the U.S. is aiding government forces in efforts to defeat Islamic State. The Iran-backed militias have begun using armed drones, which are more accurate and harder to detect and shoot down than rockets.

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