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Why did the US conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria?

The airstrikes came as a result of increasing attacks on US troops in Iraq and Syria.

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US conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

BAGHDAD: The US conducted dozens of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against what it called Iranian-backed militias in the region.

The US Central Command said it targeted more than 80 targets near the border regions of Iraq and Syria and killed dozens of Iran-affiliated militias.

Background

The airstrikes came as a result of increasing attacks on US troops in Iraq and Syria.

A drone attack on US troops based in Jordan, for the first time, killed three US service members since Israel initiated its war in Gaza. Sgt William Jerome Rivers, 46, Specialist Kennedy Sanders, 24, and Specialist Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, died in the attack on a US military base known as Tower 22.

US conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria?
Three US service members that died in the Jordan drone attack

US vowed response

In response to the tragic drone strike, top leaders of the US administration, including President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, vowed to conduct retaliatory airstrikes against those responsible for the deaths. However, Iran denied playing any role in attacks against the US troops in Iraq and Syria.

In a statement, Biden said the US would hold all those responsible accountable at a time of the US’s choosing. The US responded with airstrikes targeting 85 locations spanning seven locations, four in Syria and three in Iraq.

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