The US retaliated last night for an attack on a base in Jordan that killed three soldiers and wounded more than 40 others. The US military struck 85 targets in Iraq and Syria, while the governments in Damascus and Baghdad condemned the attack and announced civilian casualties.
Baghdad said 16 people, including civilians, were killed in the US strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that at least 16 pro-Iranian militants were killed in the strikes targeting the country.
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced airstrikes against targets in Iraq and Syria targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and affiliated militias.
In a written statement made by CENTCOM, it was reported that at least 85 targets belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force and affiliated militia groups in 7 different locations in Syria and Iraq were hit by airstrikes.
In the statement, it was stated that long-range B-1 bombers from the US were also used in the attacks, and that command and control centers, rockets and missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles were hit in the targeted areas.
Biden: Our response to the base attack will continue at the times and places we choose
U.S. President Joe Biden announced today that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and its militias have begun responding to the base attack and will continue to do so "at times and places of their choosing."
Noting that the US is not seeking a military conflict in the Middle East, Biden emphasized that they will respond to those who target American soldiers.