WASHINGTON, DC – The Pentagon said on Friday it had national and multinational legal authorities under the U.S. Constitution and United Nations international law, respectively, to carry out deadly airstrikes in Syria against militias backed by the United Nations. Iran accused of targeting US troops and their allies in neighboring countries. Iraq.
John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, commented on the legality of Thursday’s strikes in response to questions from a reporter about concerns expressed by majority Democratic lawmakers over whether military action was legally justified.
President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered airstrikes in Syria that targeted infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militias accused of launching several rocket attacks in Iraq. On February 15, one such attack on the airport in the Erbil region of northern Iraq allegedly killed a Filipino contractor from the US-led coalition and injured six others, including a National Guard soldier and four contractors, all Americans.
Biden was under pressure to respond, especially as his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, quickly responded to similar attacks by Iran-backed militias with retaliatory strikes and after a brief tit-for-tat , by ordering the murder of the Iranian terrorist leader. Qasem Soleimani, who was the leader of Iran’s elite Quds force and responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. He was killed on Iraqi soil.
Thursday’s strikes mark the first military action by the Biden administration.
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