The US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, announced retaliatory strikes on Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq, following attacks on US personnel by Iranian-sponsored militias.
The strikes were in response to a series of attacks and were aimed at disrupting and degrading the capabilities of the Iran-aligned militia groups.
Three US military personnel were injured during the initial attack, with one in critical condition. (Trending: Trans Athlete Breaks College Record After Joining Women’s Team)
“Today, at President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted necessary and proportionate strikes on three facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq,” wrote Austin.
“These precision strikes are a response to a series of attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-sponsored militias, including an attack by Iran-affiliated Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups on Erbil Air Base earlier today, and intended to disrupt and degrade capabilities of the Iran-aligned militia groups directly responsible,” he continued.
Both Austin and CENTCOM General Michael Erik Kurilla emphasized the commitment to defending US interests and holding regional actors accountable.
“Today’s attack led to three injuries to U.S. personnel, leaving one service member in critical condition,” wrote Austin.
“My prayers are with the brave Americans who were injured,” read the statement. “And let me be clear – the President and I will not hesitate to take necessary action to defend the United States, our troops, and our interests,” wrote Austin.
“There is no higher priority. While we do not seek to escalate conflict in the region, we are committed and fully prepared to take further necessary measures to protect our people and our facilities.”