US President Joe Biden. (Photo: Collected)
For the first time since US President Joe Biden took office, US forces have carried out airstrikes in Syria. The United States destroyed a number of military installations used by “pro-Iranian fighters” in the country on Thursday at the behest of the president. Biden has faced widespread criticism in his own country. However, he said the attack was a warning to Iran.
Speaking to reporters on his way to Texas on Friday (February 26th), the US president warned Iran: Be careful! ‘
Earlier, the United States launched airstrikes on several military installations in Syria on Thursday night at the behest of President Biden. At least 16 pro-Iranian fighters were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based human rights group.
The United States has said the installations were used by Iran-backed armed groups. The Pentagon has said the airstrikes were in response to a recent rocket attack on Americans in Iraq.
However, the Biden administration has been receiving mixed reactions since it struck Syria in response to the invasion of Iraq. Critics have questioned the legitimacy of the attack. Some members of Biden’s own Democratic Party have criticized it. Opposition Republican lawmakers and senators have welcomed the move.
White House Press Secretary Jane Pasky has defended Biden, saying the president has taken the step in Article 2 to protect US officials when it comes to domestic law. It has been chosen to be consistent with recent attacks on U.S. installations and to prevent the risk of further attacks in the future.
Pasky claims that the US attack on Syria is in line with international law under the “right to self-defense.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters that the attack in Syria last Thursday was on his advice.
“We have said many times that we will take timely action,” he said. We want to make sure our goals are right.
However, Senator Tim Kane, a fierce critic of US military action abroad, has called on the Biden administration to provide “reasonable grounds” for attacking Syria without congressional approval.
A statement from Kane’s office said the offensive military action without congressional approval was not a “constitutional absence” in unusual circumstances.
Source: Al Arabiya
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