Yesterday, Friday, amid warnings that in response to the killing of 3 US soldiers in an attack targeting a military base in northeastern Jordan, US forces launched attacks on sites belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Quds Force in Syria and Iraq. Did it. To drag the region into war.
US Central Command announced that the attacks were carried out by aircraft launched from the United States, including long-range bombers, noting that more than 125 precision-guided missiles were used.
It said the targeted facilities were command, control and espionage centers and storage sites for missiles and drones.
The White House said the strikes on Friday targeted 3 targets in Iraq and 4 in Syria, stressing that “the US response began tonight (yesterday) and will not end tonight.”
According to Iraqi security sources, the US bombing targeted the headquarters of the Anbar Operations Command, medical headquarters, weapons stores and the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces in the Dur al-Siqq area of al-Qaim in Anbar Governorate. and other headquarters in the Akashat region adjacent to Al-Qaim district.
An Iraqi security source said that according to preliminary data from the US bombing, 3 soldiers and two civilians were killed and about 15 others were wounded.
In Syria, US bombing targeted sites in Deir ez-Zor, where Syrian official television said US warplanes targeted the village of Ayyash in the rural area west of the city.
In the governorate centre, local sources said the attacks targeted Hawija Saqr in the center of Deir ez-Zor and Deir ez-Zor military airport.
In the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, US bombing targeted the al-Tammo neighborhood and its surrounding al-Shibli and Ain Ali areas in al-Mayadeen city. In the desert of the Homs Governorate in central Syria, the aircraft targeted a third pumping station in the desert near the city of Palmyra.
As far as the Syrian-Iraqi border is concerned, the attacks hit the al-Hazzana neighborhood and its surrounding al-Hari village, west of the city of al-Bukamal. Local sources told Al Jazeera that some of the targeted sites belonged to the Fatemiyoun and Zainabiyoun factions, which are supported by Iran.
For its part, the Islamic resistance in Iraq said it targeted US al-Tanf and Green Village bases in Syria with drones and missiles.
Syrian official television also said the fire broke out after a missile strike targeted a US military base at the Koniko gas field, northeast of Deir ez-Zor.
US President Joe Biden said the targeted facilities were being used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its affiliated militias to attack US forces, adding that “our response that began today will continue at the times and places we choose ,” following the attack that took place in Jordan last Sunday, which resulted in the deaths of 3 US soldiers.
Biden – who attended a ceremony to receive the bodies of three soldiers yesterday, Friday – stressed that his country “does not want conflict in the Middle East or anywhere in the world,” but added, “Let everyone “Anyone who wants to harm us knows that we will respond.”
US forces in the Middle East are facing increasing attacks with missiles and drones against the backdrop of Israel's support in the war on Gaza.
For his part, Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, said the US strikes are a violation of sovereignty and undermine the efforts of his country's government, which seeks to ensure the stability of the region. As he put it.
Rasoul said that these attacks “threaten to push Iraq and the region into undesirable outcomes” and that their consequences would be “serious” for security and stability.