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What’s known regarding the US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria carried out on 02 Feb 2024?

US airstrikes hit a minimum of 85 targets spanning Iraq and Syria; officials emphasize there is no intention to conduct airstrikes on Iran, as that would constitute a significant escalation.

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In response to the drone strike that claimed the lives of three US service members in Jordan, the United States has initiated air assaults on multiple sites in Iraq and Syria associated with Iran-backed militias. This serves as an initial retaliation. The US Central Command specified that the targets included the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups. More than 85 targets, such as command and control operations, intelligence centers, rockets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicle storages, logistics, and munition supply chain facilities, were reportedly struck.

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President Joe Biden, in a statement released after the attacks commenced, warned that any harm to Americans would be met with a response. The statement emphasized that the US does not seek conflict in the Middle East or elsewhere but emphasized a resolute response to harm against Americans.

US officials claimed precision in the airstrikes, hitting their intended targets. Lt Gen Douglas Sims, director for operations on the joint staff, mentioned that the timing was influenced by weather conditions, with the best weather available on Friday. At least 18 Iran-backed fighters were reported killed in strikes in eastern Syria, with 26 significant sites housing pro-Iran groups, including weapons depots, destroyed in raids stretching over 62 miles from Deir ez-Zor to Albu Kamal.

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The Iraqi military spokesperson, Yahya Rasool, criticized the US airstrikes, stating that they violate Iraqi sovereignty, undermine the efforts of the Iraqi government, and pose a threat to regional stability. Despite the strikes, US officials assured that there was no plan to bomb Iran, emphasizing that the intention is not to escalate into a war with Iran. The US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, declared that these airstrikes mark the beginning of their response, with additional actions directed at holding the IRGC and affiliated militias accountable for their attacks on US and coalition forces. These actions will unfold at times and places chosen by the United States.

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