Headline RoundupFebruary 26th, 2021

US Launches Airstrike Against Iranian-Backed Militia In Syria

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On Thursday the U.S. military carried out an airstrike in Syria against a structure reportedly belonging to an Iran-backed militia, in a response to attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq. Multiple structures apparently belonging to the Iraqi border-based Shia militia groups, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, were struck. Both groups are suspected of having received funding and military support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard. An official told Reuters that President Joe Biden approved the strike, making it the first known military action by the new president, who had previously emphasized intent to focus on China and Russia. "These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Thursday. The story received coverage from outlets across the political spectrum. Some outlets from the right and center compared Biden's Iran approach to that of former President Donald Trump.

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