US attacks ‘Iranian-backed military infrastructure’ in Syria

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Pentagon spokesman says move was in response to recent rocket attacks on US troops in Iraq.

The United States military says it carried out attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militia on Thursday, following recent rocket attacks on US troop locations in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

“At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” spokesman John Kirby in a statement.

“These strikes were authorised in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel,” he said.

The attack appeared to be relatively limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation, according to the Reuters news agency.

It was not immediately clear what damage was caused and if there were any casualties.

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