The operation serves as a response to attacks on US interests in Iraq, attributed to Iranian groups operating in the neighboring country and Syria.
At least 17 pro-Iranian fighters died this Friday in a United States airstrike against Tehran-backed militias in eastern Syria, the Syrian Human Rights Observatory (OSDH) said.
“The attacks destroyed three ammunition trucks […]. There are many dead. At least 17 combatants died according to a preliminary assessment, all members of Hachd al-Chaabi [a coalition of pro-Iranian militias],” said the director of the non-governmental organization OSDH, Rami Abdel Rahmane.
The United States carried out an airstrike against an “infrastructure used by supported militias” by Tehran in eastern Syria, the Pentagon announced.
“The attacks were authorized in response to recent attacks against the United States and Coalition officials in Iraq, and continuing threats against these officials,” said US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby in a statement.
The airstrike against an “infrastructure used by Iranian-supported militias in eastern Syria” is the first military action known under President Joe Biden, who began his mandate in late January.