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US defence secretary orders strikes against Iran backed militias

Austin asserts the US isn't at war with Iran but holds it responsible for supporting and funding the militia groups.

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US defence secretary orders strikes

WASHINGTON: The United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he has ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for a drone attack on a US base in Jordan.

Three soldiers were killed, marking the first US military deaths from hostile fire since the Israel-Hamas war began.

Austin insisted that a lot of thought in Washington had gone into ensuring that the US response did not trigger a major escalation.

Austin emphasized a multi-tiered response, aiming to hold those accountable and diminish capability. Despite 160 prior attacks, the US seeks to manage the situation without triggering a major escalation. 

Iran vows retaliation

Iran has warned against striking its territory, vowing swift retaliation.

“The Islamic Republic would decisively respond to any attack on the country, its interests and nationals under any pretexts,” Amir Saeid Iravani, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, said.

Austin asserts the US isn’t at war with Iran but holds it responsible for supporting and funding the militia groups.

The Biden administration faces pressures to respond to the death of three soldiers while avoiding a direct U.S.-Iran conflict amidst ongoing tensions in the region.

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