US Attacks on Iran: Airstrikes Show America Won’t Tolerate Attacks on Its Troops

US Attacks on Iran: Airstrikes Show America Won’t Tolerate Attacks on Its Troops

In response to the recent attack on a base housing U.S. troops, the United States launched retaliatory strikes on Tuesday, targeting Iran-backed militias in Iraq. The strikes, deemed significant, specifically focused on assets belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a key player in Iran’s foreign policy.

The U.S. airstrikes, as reported by U.S. Central Command, hit three facilities utilized by the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group and other affiliated entities in Iraq. The targeted sites included headquarters, storage areas, and training locations for rocket, missile, and one-way attack drones.

This event marked the second attack since November where powerful ballistic missiles were employed by Iran-backed militias against a base housing U.S. troops. The overall tally of attacks on bases with U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria has surpassed 140 since November. Despite these incidents, U.S. troops wounded in these attacks, including the four in the recent assault, have returned to duty, according to Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary.

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The situation in the region has been tense, with ongoing attacks by Iran-backed militias on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria. The conflict escalated further as the U.S. and the U.K. jointly launched attacks on Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen on January 22.

U.S. forces in Iraq and neighboring Syria operate as part of a coalition aimed at defeating the Islamic State group. The recent attacks have prompted the U.S. to respond with airstrikes against facilities associated with Iran-backed groups, such as Kataib Hezbollah.

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As of now, approximately 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, advising local forces in their efforts against the remnants of ISIS. The tensions between Iran and the U.S. have historical roots, with heightened concerns in January 2020 after a U.S. drone strike killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful general. This event led to an Iranian ballistic missile attack on the Al-Assad base in Iraq, resulting in injuries to over 100 U.S. troops.

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