President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes in Syria on Sunday, marking the second time he has authorized military action in the Middle Eastern nation.
“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement.
“The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq,” he added.
The statement also noted, “As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel.
“The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation – but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message,” the statement said.
The bombing mark the second time the president has authorized military action in Syria. He also did so in February, ordering strikes of Iran-sponsored groups who attacked five Americans, including one military member.
The actions also come as the U.S. continues plans to withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
The military actions reveal that despite moving troops out of the Middle East, the Biden administration remains committed to defending against hostile efforts in the region.