NEW YORK – According to NYT, in recent months, pro-Iranian armed groups in Iraq have begun to actively use drones, presumably sent to them by Tehran.
The US Air Force strikes on Monday night were aimed at two targets in Syria, and one in Iraq, and in the latter case it was a base used for drone operations against the US military. This was reported by The New York Times, citing sources in the Joe Biden administration.
The newspaper notes that in recent months, pro-Iranian armed groups in Iraq have begun to actively use drones, presumably sent to them by Tehran. They are used for attacks against American military instructors, whose number in Iraq is about 2.5 thousand people, as well as CIA employees. The strike was aimed at depriving the militants of such an opportunity, although, according to unnamed administration representatives, the White House understands that this will not stop the pro-Iranian formations for a long time.
The other two targets in Syria were mainly used as warehouses. According to the White House estimates, there were few people at all three sites.
The decision to strike was made by Biden himself. Before that, he was briefed by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces (AF) General Mark Milley. When striking, laser-guided bombs were used. Two groups came under attack. Both of them were involved in drone operations against the Americans in Iraq.
Earlier, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that Biden ordered strikes that were allegedly “necessary to eliminate the threat” to American troops in the region.