President Biden Orders Retaliatory Strike in Response to Iranian Drone Attack on US Base Near Hasakah. Tensions between the US and pro-Iranian terrorists are escalating in northeastern Syria following a deadly drone attack on a US military base near the city of Hasakah. On Friday night, President Joe Biden ordered a retaliatory strike against fighters allied with Iran in response to a series of attacks on coalition forces by units cooperating with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite corps.
The US accuses pro-Iranian terrorist groups of carrying out the attack using an Iranian kamikaze drone, which killed one US citizen and injured several US soldiers. The region is controlled by the self-government in northern and eastern Syria, and elite US units are stationed in the area to support the mainly Kurdish self-government military units in their fight against pro-Iranian terrorists.
The situation in northeastern Syria is complex and volatile, with multiple actors vying for control of the region. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control much of northeastern Syria, with the support of the US and other Western allies. However, the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, also has a presence in the region, as do various pro-Iranian terrorists.
Iran has long been a key supporter of the Syrian government and has played a significant role in the country’s civil war, sending troops, advisers, and weapons to support President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In recent years, Iran has also expanded its influence in Iraq, where it has supported various Shia militias.
The US has been involved in the conflict in Syria since 2014, when it launched a campaign against the IS group. Since then, US forces have supported the SDF in their fight against IS and other groups in northeastern Syria. However, the US has also been involved in conflicts with pro-Iranian terrorists in the region, including a series of airstrikes against Iranian-backed groups in Iraq in 2019.
The US-Iran relationship has been strained for decades, with the two countries involved in a range of conflicts and disputes. In recent years, tensions between the two countries have escalated, with the US withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and imposing a range of economic sanctions on Iran.
The US has stated that it does not want a conflict with Iran, but will protect its personnel fighting in Syria. The airstrikes demonstrate the US’ commitment to protecting its forces and interests in the region. However, the situation remains tense, and the US is closely monitoring developments in northeastern Syria.
The world will be watching as tensions between the US and pro-Iranian terrorists continue to escalate. The situation in Syria is complex and volatile, and any further escalation could have significant implications for the region and the wider world. The US and its allies will need to navigate this situation carefully, balancing their strategic interests with the need to avoid further conflict and instability.