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U.S. Military Launches Airstrikes on Iranian-backed Forces in Syria and Iraq

By: Politicized News

· Global Affairs

Last night, the U.S. military launched airstrikes on five targets in Iraq and Syria in an effort to weaken Iranian-backed strongholds in the region. Air Force F-15E fighter planes carried out the attacks, and the deadly strikes killed at least 25 and injured hundreds.

The airstrikes are said to be a response to Friday’s rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that was housing American military personnel, an onslaught which resulted in the death of an American civilian contractor and the injury of several other Americans working onsite.
The American strikes succeeded in hitting two targets in Syria, and three in Iraq, all five of which were areas operating beneath the control of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-back Shia militia. The group, which has been largely involved in both the Iraqi and Syrian civil wars, is closely allied with the Quds Force, a high-ranking unit within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Both Hezbollah and the Quds Force are recognized as legitimate terrorist organizations by the U.S. government. •
According to chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, the purpose of the airstrikes was to target weapons storage facilities and major command posts, both of which can be directly linked to the Friday attack in Baghdad.
Despite the fact that the airstrikes were a response to an attack carried out by an Iranian proxy force, and not the Iranian government itself, the series of onslaughts marks a definitive escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments. While much remains cloudy regarding U.S. relations in the Arab world, what appears to be clarified by recent events is the ever-increasing involvement of non-state actors--terrorist militias backed by various governments--in defining the geopolitics of the region.

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