In response to a drone strike by Iran-backed militants on a U.S. military outpost in Jordan that resulted in the death of three American service members, the United States has launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
The targeted strikes focused on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups.
Extensive airstrikes hit 85 targets
The U.S. Central Command revealed that the airstrikes spanned seven locations, targeting more than 85 sites. Utilizing numerous aircraft, including long-range bombers flown from the United States, the strikes employed over 125 precision munitions.
The facilities hit included command and control operations, intelligence centers, rockets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities associated with militia groups and their IRGC sponsors.
Biden admin signals multi-tiered response
Officials indicate that these strikes mark a more significant response than previous actions against Iranian-backed militias.