U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Targets in Iraq and Syria

Saturday February 03, 2024 - 09:03:35
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US President Joe Biden greets military personnel on arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on February 2, 2024, to attend the dignified transfer of the remains of three US service members killed in the drone attack on the US military outpost in Jordan. (Roberto SCHMIDT / AFP)
US President Joe Biden greets military personnel on arrival at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on February 2, 2024, to attend the dignified transfer of the remains of three US service members killed in the drone attack on the US military outpost in Jordan. (Roberto SCHMIDT / AFP)
Washington (diplomat.so) - On February 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. EST, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the execution of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria targeting Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups. The operation, which involved more than 85 targets, utilized various aircraft, including long-range bombers dispatched from the United States. Over 125 precision munitions were employed during the strikes, targeting command and control centers, intelligence facilities, rockets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicle storage, as well as logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors.
In a statement addressing the operation, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, the US CENTCOM Commander, emphasized the ongoing threat posed by IRGC Quds Force and affiliated militia groups to Iraq's stability, regional security, and the safety of Americans. Gen. Kurilla pledged continued action to safeguard personnel and hold accountable those endangering their safety.

The airstrikes come amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, underscoring the complex geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East and the ongoing efforts to address security challenges in the region.

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