It was likely only a matter of time before Joe Biden fell back to some of the habits of his last White House gig, serving as the Vice President during the Obama administration.
During those 8 years, he and then-President Barack Obama were heavily and consistently criticized over their military actions – particularly their enthusiasm for drone strikes that often caused extensive collateral damage.
Now, just 5 weeks into his first term, Biden is back at it.
“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American coalition personnel,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement. Iran-backed militias have targeted U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria for years, most recently in a rocket attack on the northern Iraqi city of Erbil last week that wounded four American contractors and one military service member.
The strikes destroyed multiple facilities at a border control point in al Bukamal, Syria, used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al Shuhada, according to Kirby.
US authorities attempted to claim that there were no casualties, but a Syrian human rights groups declared that 22 people were killed in the strike.
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