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Biden orders airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria, Iraq

President Biden delivers an address from the White House Treaty Room.
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President Biden delivers an address from the White House Treaty Room.

WASINGTON, DC -- President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes Sunday evening on Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border in response to unmanned aerial vehicle attacks, according to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

"At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region," Kirby said in a statement Sunday. "The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq."

Kirby said the U.S. acted within its legal rights and was a matter of self-defense.

"The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope," Kirby's statement said. "As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action pursuant to his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq."

U.S. Air Force F-15s and F-16s from U.S. bases in the Central Command region carried out Sunday's airstrikes with precision-guided munitions at about 6 p.m. ET, a defense official told ABC News. The official said it's too early to know if there were any militia or civilian casualties.

The sites hit by the U.S. were determined to have had command, control and logistics capabilities, the official said.

A defense official told ABC News this is the second such attack ordered under the Biden administration, the last being on Feb. 25 against Iranian-backed militia groups in response to rocket attacks.

Since April, there have been five "one-way UAV attacks," as well as "ongoing rocket attacks," on U.S. and coalition facilities in the region, which is what spurred Sunday's airstrikes, according to Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Jessica McNulty.

There were no U.S. or coalition casualties from those five attacks, defense officials confirmed.

“The strikes were necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation," McNulty said in a statement. "Through these and other means, we seek to make clear to Iran and Iran-backed militia groups that there will be serious consequences if they continue to attack, or to arm, fund, and train militia groups that attack our people. We will take necessary and appropriate measures to defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region.”

As Biden returned to the White House Sunday from Camp David, the president did not answer questions shouted from reporters about the airstrikes.

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  1. The leftist media praises and cheerleads dementia Joe but condemned Trump when he took similar action to protect our troops. Taking out that Iranian General was a good example.

  2. Taking out Salimani was at the insistence of US intelligence. The idiot Trump didn’t even know he was because he was too goddamn stupid to read the daily intel briefings. Remember the orange menace sided with our enemies instead of our own patriot intel agencies. He went with Putin.

    1. he was scum, a traitor, a rapist, a white supremacist, a cowardly draft dodger, a psychopathic liar, a failed and crooked businessman, a misogynist, and he was unfit for office.

        1. any chance you could explain how he was a threat to national security? was it giving everything up to china, or how about his son on the board of a corrupt gas company in ukrain? or was it when he had a prosecutor fired for investigating said company using blackmail? oh wait, those were all biden. it must suck to be that stupid.

          1. Sorry Mark but Biden is not fit for office. He’s not fit to put his own pants on. He works 2 hours a day tops and doesn’t say anything or make any decisions without having to ask permission from his handlers. He has no idea what he’s doing and is a complete embarrassment to the United States.

          2. its easy to be a badass when you are hiding behind a keyboard, isnt it? i bet you dont talk to people like that in public.

          3. one of the many reasons you could never be president. by the way, can you tell us of any thing good that biden has done so far? and in what way our country is better? because i know the economy is way worse inflation is way up, more debt in a shorter time period than even obama or carter, record illegal immigration, higher crime rates, first president to have a dog that shit in the white house. i can go on if you like. i bet you dont respond to this

      1. failed business man worth billions? that’s funny. by the way, did you serve? didnt think so, oh i forgot, they dont allow pedophiles in the military.

      2. Hahahaha your tds is getting worse. Trump lives in your head and dominates your every thought. Prob because he’s more of a man than you in every way. Gets better chick’s, has more money, is stronger than you, better looking than you, has more friends, runs faster, prob more fit than you……. the only thing you are prob better at is being a racist. Damn charlie turner it all makes sense.

    2. It’s fake news Charlie Dumbo. Wrong again nitwit, Trump authorized the strike against the Iranian General. It’s a fact.

          1. Says Jeff Allen the trumpite supporter of the coward in chief who was a draft dodger and rapist. That pretty much makes you a coward too.

          2. Hey nitwit didn’t dementia Joe rape Tara Reade? The pervert loves smelling little girl’s hair and touching them. He never served in the military either. You didn’t either so are you a draft dodger? Such hypocrisy. Good to see I can ruffle your feathers.

    3. “The Trump administration started planning to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani almost three years prior to his 2020 assassination and originally wanted to wipe out a ‘whole list of folks’ that day, it has been revealed.

      Mike Pompeo is said to have first created a task force of CIA leaders to ‘take Qassem Soleimani off the board’ almost as soon as he was appointed to his role as CIA director in January 2017.

      The plot reportedly escalated throughout 2018 and 2019 driven by the US’s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the killing of a US contractor in Iraq before Donald Trump ultimately gave it the go-ahead because he wanted to ‘take credit for it’ in his re-election campaign. ” Source: Leftist Daily Mail. May 2021

      1. Careful there. Charlie Turner doesn’t like being given facts. He’s been known to make the following threats “to severely punish those involved”.

          1. He won’t. You’re not a defenseless teenage girl. That’s his type.

          2. what are you talking about “make your day” you stupid piece of shit? Who is Charlie Turner you asshole?

          3. Charlie Turner triggered again. He hates facts and he hates when we refer to his felony charges.

    4. Not true. He ordered the strike because Trump believed in protecting America and retaliating when we are attacked. Trump kept Putin in check. Biden is allowing Putin to do whatever he wants and is rewarding our enemies when they attack us. When the next 911 happens, and it will because Biden is weak and lacks leadership and the terrorists know it, he will make a deal with the terrorists further empowering them.

      1. Trump kept Putin in check? What are you some kind of goddamn idiot? US intel says it was the other way around. All Trump did was endanger the national security. He lost the election. He was impeached twice. He was a traitor. Get with the facts or STFU.

        1. What are YOU talking about? I feed you the facts regularly. Trump was impeached because he was a threat to the corrupt deep state in DC. You know it and I know it. Impeached but never indicted because of Patriots who stood up to tyrannical leftist anti-America bullies.

          1. his daddy feeds him something else regularly, thats how he became a pedophile

        2. Name one FACTUAL thing that Putin did to America while Trump was President. No matter what crap you make up it won’t compare to what he’s already done under Biden.

  3. I’m enjoying some nice T-bones with family on this beautiful evening in our lovely town of El Paso!!! Oakwood smoked and some oakridge Santa Maria rub, cooked to 135-140 degrees precisely checked by by thermal works probe. Meanwhile we have the above lifeless boys wasting their time alone on bullshit.

      1. Bidennotmypresident you are the classic WHITE ASSHOLE who thinks only whites have money and all others are inferior. Bottom line you are a stupid retired military poor ass moron who has no life and low income and lives to insult the city you live in. So enjoy your piss poor quality PX garbage!! LOL. Go hunt a squirrel and stuff it mfer. Lol. I also have some delicious filet mignons. Sorry not on your measly military barely above the poverty line retirement. LOL. enjoy your crackers your c——.

        1. Ah poor Alberto so jealous of other people that have succeeded versus your failures in life. Good to see I can ruffle your feathers at will. LMAO.

    1. But chico has time to post his STUPIDITY while he’s “supposedly” enjoying time with his “pretend” chicoITS out in the rain… Did your”back” get rained on?

      1. truth of the matter doesnt have the balls to call me wetback? You loser cracker displaced in el paso.. Get back to your Bacon bit family. LOL questions?

    2. Hahahhahahahaha you must not be here cause it was not a beautiful evening in hell paso last night. Hahahahahahahahah this is some grade A bullshite right there. I think everyone knows you have no family or friends it ain’t hard to tell

      1. truthmatter you are another piss poor military retiree living on crumbs. shut up and go get in line for another handout. Poor ass white displaced morons. enjoy your ramen soups. lol

  4. Iranian militias simply doing what Iraq is unable to do evict an invader like Republicans are attempting to do with American’s so called ‘invaders’ First of all the US has no legal right to occupy Iraq nor Syrian. America is an illegal occupier that the Iraq people have implored to un-ass thier country. False flag ISIS is no more occupying Iraq & Syria. It’s Americans the uninvited guest The militias are Iran’s version of ICE.

    1. But calling the military ‘republican’ is just you trying to avoid blaming your precious democrats. That’s why i have no party cause they’re mostly filled with arseholes. Even the ‘trans’ soldiers are guilty believe it or not

    1. Trump’s legacy goes on nitwit. Didn’t the Demoturds lose a bunch of seats in the House and have a split Senate that can’t overcome the filibuster? The same filibuster the Dems used over a hundred times when Trump was President. It looks like you Demoturd/leftists lost. Wait until 2022 where the Republicans flip the House back to red. Not a matter of if but by how much. BTW – Get help for your TDS.

    2. Charlie chit4brains… If it’s not TRUMP, it will be someone with his beliefs in AMERICA and REAL PATRIOTS will rally around him/her and send the demoCRAPS back to their SHITHOLE along with their IDIOTIC BELIEFS!

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