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US launches airstrikes on Syria targeting facilities used by Iranian supported militia groups

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria yesterday, targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups.

The Pentagon said the strikes on facilities near the Iraqi border were in retaliation for a 15th February rocket attack in Iraq that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops.

The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration.

“I’m confident in the target that we went after, we know what we hit,” Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

“We’re confident that that target was being used by the same Shia militants that conducted the strikes,” he said.

Austin said he had recommended the action to President Joe Biden.

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