USA igangsætter gengældelsesaktioner som svar på dronedrab af tre amerikanske soldater.

On Friday, the United States launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups. The Biden administration has described this as a “multi-tiered” response to a drone attack that killed three American soldiers last Sunday.

According to U.S. Central Command, the airstrikes targeted more than 85 locations associated with the IRGC’s elite Quds Force and affiliated militias. These strikes used over 125 precision munitions against command and intelligence centers, storage facilities, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors.

President Biden stated that the U.S. does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world, but will respond to any harm caused to Americans. He also emphasized that the U.S. will continue to choose the time and place of its response.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that it is unclear if Iran had prior knowledge of the drone attack, but it is irrelevant as Iran sponsors, funds, and trains these groups. He also mentioned that Iranian-backed groups have attacked U.S. forces over 160 times since October, but until Sunday’s attack, no U.S. service members had been killed.

The administration has blamed the drone strike on the group Islamic Resistance of Iraq, which is backed by Iran. Plans for a series of strikes against targets associated with the IRGC in Iraq and Syria were reported earlier this week.

CBS News reporter Eleanor Watson, who covers the Pentagon, provided this information on the situation. This article was first published on February 2, 2024 at 4:21 PM EST and is copyrighted by CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Thank you for reading CBS NEWS.  

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