US Launches Airstrike Against Iranian-Backed Militia In Syria

Headline Roundup February 25th, 2021

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.

US Launches Airstrike Against Iranian-Backed Militia In Syria

From the Right
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The U.S. military carried out an airstrike against an Iranian-backed militia stronghold in Syria Thursday, a senior official told Fox News.

In the first known military action by President Biden, multiple facilities were struck in the air attack that targeted Iraqi border-based Shia militia groups, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada.

Both forces are suspected of having received funding and military support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

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From the Left
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The United States has reportedly carried out an airstrike in Syria against a structure belonging to what it said were Iran-backed militia, according to multiple news outlets that cited Pentagon officials.

The strike on Thursday comes after a series of recent rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq.

The strike was approved by Joe Biden, and carried out in order to damage the group’s ability to wage future attacks, according to officials who spoke anonymously with Reuters and Politico.

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From the Center
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The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.

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