Why is the US attacking Syria

The US military has carried out air strikes in eastern Syria on the orders of President Joe Biden. The US Department of Defense said the target of the attacks was "multiple facilities" at a border crossing. These were used by militias supported by Iran, said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Thursday evening (local time). The air strikes were a "proportionate" response to recent attacks against US soldiers and their international partners in Iraq. It was the first officially known military operation under the command of the new US president.

"The mission sends a clear message," said Kirby. President Biden is ready to act when it comes to protecting US military personnel and their allies. At the same time, the relative attacks were deliberately carried out in order to "de-escalate the situation in eastern Syria and Iraq," said the Pentagon spokesman.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the infrastructure that has now been destroyed was used by the Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah, among others.

A civilian contractor belonging to the international military coalition was killed in a rocket attack on the northern Iraqi city of Erbil last week and several people were injured. The attack had fueled fears of further violence against US and international forces in Iraq. A total of 14 missiles were fired.

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