The US sends fighter jets to Syria after US positions in Iraq were attacked with missiles. Critics compare Joe Biden with predecessor Donald Trump.
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- Earlier, militias linked to Iran had attacked the US army.
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Update from Friday, February 26th, 2021, 4 p.m .: The President’s Joe Biden approved Air strikes in the east of Syria are was criticized on Thursday in the Middle East. A correspondent for the Arab news channel Al Jazeera reports from Washington that there is a clear attempt there to distinguish between Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump to work out. Trump responded to attacks on coalition forces in Iraq with the “most disproportionate force” in his day, “by killing the Iranian general Soleimani,” says the Al Jazeera journalist.
Now voices are loud that Joe Biden criticize how similar his actions to that of Donald Trump be. Seyyed Mohammad Marandi, professor of English and Oriental Studies at Tehran University, told Al Jazeera, the approval of Air strikes show how much Biden and Trump are alike. According to Al Jazeera, a US journalist showed in a timeline to what extent Biden’s step coincided with that of several previous US presidents.
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Hillary Mann Leverett, CEO of the political risk consultancy “Stratega”, told Al Jazeera that the Air strikes sent a message of loyalty from the Biden administration to the region, but the situation im near East would not defuse. “The Biden administration is trying to portray this first military attack as moderate and in consultation with the allies. But that will not de-escalate the situation. “
Joe Biden sends fighter planes to Syria – air strike in retaliation
First report from Friday, February 26th, 2021: Damascus / Washington DC – The US military has issued orders from US President Joe Biden in the night of Friday (02/26/2021) with air raids on positions in Syria began. According to information from the US Department of Defense, “several facilities” in the east of the country have been targeted. The target was pro-Iranian militias.
The attack is to be understood as a response to two rocket attacks by US units. In the past two weeks there were two positions in the US Army Iraq been attacked. “A handful” of enemy soldiers have been killed in the current counter-attack, according to an official of the US Army to the US news broadcaster “CNN”.
Joe Biden launches retaliatory attack in Syria
The airstrike is the first of its kind since the US president took office Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. John Kirby, Defense Department spokesman USA im Pentagon, said the military strike was personally authorized by the US president. According to Kirby, the attack is not only a response to the rocket fire mentioned, but also a response to “ongoing threats to US military personnel in the region.”
“The attacks have destroyed several facilities on the border that are used by pro-Iranian militias,” said Kirby. According to the news agency “AFP” there are 17 pro-Iranian fighters was killed. All of those killed were members of the Hashed-al-Shaabi militias. In addition, three trucks with ammunition were destroyed.
Had earlier in the week Joe Bidens White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki has already announced that Iran will be held accountable for the acts in the region. “We will respond to this, with our means and on our schedule,” said Psaki in Washington.
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Other officials from the Biden– Government announced steps in the course of the week USA at. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the rocket attacks on positions of the US military firmly assume that Iran will participate. “The attackers used weapons made and provided by Iran,” said Price.
Of the Air raid of the US military caused direct criticism in Washington DC Joe Biden. Above all from the ranks of the Democrats, voices were raised that opposed the decision of the US President. “President Biden is the fifth president in the history of the USAwho ordered air strikes in the Middle East, ”said Ro Khanna, Democratic MP in Congress. “There is no justification for a president to order such an attack unless it is a matter of self-defense,” said Khanna, who represents the state of California.
Of the Attack by the US military was the first of its kind since March 2020. At that time, under the presidency of Donald Trump, the US Air Force also had positions of the pro-Iranian militias in the Iraq attacked. (Daniel Dillmann, Theresa Ricke / AFP)