Pentagon is aware of who’s chargeable for Jordan drone assault
Retaliatory strikes have begun within the Middle East in response to the deaths of three American troopers killed in a drone assault in Jordan by Iran-backed militants.
News of the strikes was confirmed by the US Command Center on Friday. “US military forces struck more than 85 targets, with numerous aircraft to include long-range bombers flown from United States. The airstrikes employed more than 125 precision munitions,” an announcement learn.
“The facilities that were struck included command and control operations centers, intelligence centers, rockets, and missiles, and unmanned aired vehicle storages… and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against US and Coalition forces.”
The resolution to launch what US officers have promised to be “multi-tiered” assaults on Iran-backed militias marks a major escalation in a risky regional energy wrestle that pits the US towards Iran and a community of allied militias within the Middle East.
The strikes have been reported to have begun across the identical time as Joe Biden and the primary girl participated in a dignified switch of the three troopers again within the US on Friday. An NSC spokesperson mentioned later there was “no connection” between the 2 occasions.
President Joe Biden press assertion
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:45
Iraq condemns US strikes as ‘violation of Iraqi sovereignty’ – reviews
Iraq has condemned the US strikes as “a violation of Iraqi sovereignty” based on an announcement from the Iraqi prime minister, reported by the the Rudaw information company.
The assertion mentioned the motion on Friday was additionally “an undermining of the efforts of the Iraqi government,” that threatened to tug Iraq into “unforeseen consequences”.
NSC spokesperson beforehand instructed a press convention that the Iraqi authorities had been made conscious of the strikes previous to their launch.
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:30
‘No connection’ between timing of US strikes and dignified switch says Kirby
US officers have denied there’s a connection between the timing of the airstrikes and that of the dignified switch of the three troopers just lately killed throughout a drone assault in Jordan.
The strikes occurred at round midnight native time – 4pm Eastern Time – considerably coinciding with the ceremony, which was attended by president Joe Biden and the primary girl. The our bodies of the Army reserve troopers, Sgt William Rivers, Sgt Breonna Moffett and Sgt Kennedy Sanders, have been honoured after being returned to the US.
NSC spokesperson instructed reporters that there was “no connection, none whatsoever” to the timings of the 2 occasions.
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:20
US to reclassify the Houthis as a terrorist organisation
The US introduced final month that it could reclassify the Houthis as a terrorist organisation, after president Joe Biden eliminated the group from the phobia checklist in one of many first acts of his presidency.
Attacks by Houthis within the Red Sea marked a dramatic escalation within the area on account of the fallout from Israel’s warfare in Gaza. The US has additionally been struck by greater than 150 rockets and drones in Iraq and Syria since mid-October.
Hamas gunmen infiltrated Israel from Gaza on 7 October final 12 months and killed round 1,300 individuals, principally civilians,. The group took 250 individuals hostage in Gaza.
Israel launched a devastating warfare in response, killing greater than 26,000 individuals — most of them girls and youngsters — and rendering a lot of the densely populated Gaza Strip uninhabitable.
Last month, the International Criminal Court decided that it was “plausible” that Israel has dedicated acts of genocide towards the Palestinians.
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:15
Kirby: ‘There will be additional responses’
NSC spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that Friday’s strikes can be adopted by “additional responses”.
“There will be additional action that we will take, all designed to put an end to these attacks and to take away capability by by the IRGC,” he instructed reporters.
“If you’re taking away capability of an adversary who’s trying to kill your troops, and in an act against your interest in the region if you’re trying to take away their capability then you are by default, working to de escalate the tensions, and that’s the that’s the approach that we’ll take.”
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:10
US officers ‘pretty confident’ concerning the precision of airstrikes
General Douglas Simms, Director for Operations of the Joint Staff, instructed reporters that US officers felt “pretty confident” concerning the precision of the airstrikes.
“The initial indications were that we hit exactly what we meant to hit with a number of secondary explosions associated with the ammunition and logistics locations,” Mr Simms mentioned.
“We’re not we’re not trying to send a signal to anybody other than those who mean Americans harm. And in this case, we struck targets after exactly that.”
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:05
US strikes hit 4 areas in Syria and three in Iraq
US strikes hit 4 areas in Syria and three in Iraq, US officers confirmed.
NSC spokespersons John Kirby mentioned that the Iraqi authorities was knowledgeable previous to launching of the strikes.
“These responses began tonight but they’re not going to end tonight,” Mr Kirby mentioned.
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 23:00
Kirby: ‘Airstrike targets have been rigorously chosen to keep away from civilian casualties’
National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby mentioned that, following preliminary harm evaluation, the Department of Defence believed that the US strikes have been “successful.”
“Numerous aircraft including B1 bombers dispatched in the United States were involved in this operation, carrying more than 125 precision guided munitions over the course of about 30 minutes,” Mr Kirby instructed a press convention.
“Targets were carefully selected to avoid civilian casualties and based on clear, irrefutable evidence. They were connected to attacks on US personnel in the region.”
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 22:49
‘I don’t assume we want a wider warfare within the Middle East,’ Biden says
President Joe Biden instructed reporters on Wednesday that he had selected a response to the assaults, however didn’t need an escalation in preventing.
“I don’t think we need a wider war in the Middle East. That’s not what I’m looking for,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, US forces struck a Houthi drone base in Yemen within the early hours of Thursday morning after figuring out it introduced an “imminent threat” to service provider and navy vessels within the area.
The Pentagon mentioned in an announcement that it had carried out strikes “against an Iranian-backed Houthi UAV ground control station and 10 Houthi one-way UAVs” at round 1.30am native time.
The Houthis have repeatedly attacked service provider and US navy ships within the area since November in retaliation for Israel’s warfare in Gaza, which is backed by the US.
The group’s spokesman mentioned the assaults on vessels in one of many world’s busiest delivery routes would proceed “until the aggression is stopped, and the siege is lifted on the people of Palestine in the Gaza Strip.”
Further airstrikes occurred on Friday towards targets in Iraq and Syria, the US Command Center.
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 22:45
US Defence Sec: ‘We is not going to tolerate assaults on American forces’
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin echoed the phrases of the president, saying in a statment that assaults on American forces wouldn’t be “tolerated”.
An announcement from Mr Austin learn: “Following the attack on US and Coalition Forces in northeastern Jordan this past Sunday that killed three US service members, at President Biden’s direction, US military forces today conducted strikes on seven facilities, which included more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria, that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated militias use to attack US forces.
This is the start of our response. The President has directed additional actions to hold the IRGC and affiliated militias accountable for their attacks on US and Coalition Forces. These will unfold at times and places of our choosing.
“We do not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else, but the President and I will not tolerate attacks on American forces. We will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our forces, and our interests.”
Mike Bedigan2 February 2024 22:41