The United States began conducting airstrikes on targets in Iraq and Syria on Friday against Iran-backed militias, CNN reported. These are retaliatory strikes after Iranian-backed militias attacked American troops in the Middle East.
The retaliatory attacks came in response to a drone strike by Iran-backed militants on a US military outpost in Jordan on Sunday that killed three US service members and wounded more than 40 others.
Officials have signaled that the strikes are likely to be more significant than previous attacks on Iran-backed militias in recent weeks, which have mostly focused on weapons depots or training facilities.
The Biden administration has signaled that there could be further action in the coming days; Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that the US response would be “multi-layered”.
“We have the ability to respond multiple times depending on the situation,” he told a Pentagon news conference.