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The U.S. launches defensive airstrikes against militias in Iraq backed by Iran.

As per the latest report, the United States of America has launched multiple airstrikes in Syria and Iraq on Sunday against some militia groups backed by Iran. It may be noted that this is the second airstrike attack in four months by the Biden administration. 

John Kirby, Press Secretary of Pentagon, informed that the airstrikes targeted some weapon storage and operational facilities located in two different locations in Iraq and Syria. He further informed that those facilities were operated by two militias, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada and Kata’ib Hezbollah. Additionally, the facilities were used to conduct drone strikes against U.S. facilities and troops. 

Kirby further added that those were defensive airstrikes, and the U.S. conducted that in response to the ongoing attacks by some groups supported by Iran. Around three people were killed in those strikes. The country took an appropriate, deliberate and necessary step to reduce the escalation risk, and the attacks will be a clear message to them, he said. 

An official Pentagon spokeswoman, Jessica McNulty, said that every airstrike hit the set target. But the efficiency of the strike has not yet cleared. 

U.S. President Joe Biden authorized the attacks. He also directed necessary military actions to prevent the attacks on the U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq. However, since April, the militias have carried out five drone attacks, and rocket attacks are still going on. 

The very first airstrikes were carried out by the U.S. in February against the Iran-backed militias after a rocket killed a civilian contractor and injured many people in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.

However, the frequency of the attacks has increased after the assassination of the most powerful commander of Iran, Qassem Soleimani, and an Iraqi militia leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandi, through a drone strike by the U.S. 

An official spokesman for the foreign ministry of Iran, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that the new Biden administration is heading in the wrong direction. They are following the policies of the previous president. He advised the U.S. government to stop following that path, or that may create issues and crisis for the people in the region. 

It may be noted that the airstrikes happen as the Biden administration is considering lifting sanctions on Iran to revive and rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal. The deal was negotiated when Barak Obama was the president of the U.S. to limit the uranium usage capacity of Iran. 

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