PRESIDENT Joe Biden ordered his first military attack on Thursday - an airstrike in Syria apparently in response to recent rocket attacks on American targets in Iraq.
The US airstrike hit a structure believed to belong to an Iran-backed militia.
The US appeared to be retaliating on a February 15 rocket attack on the American military base at Erbil International Airport.
That attack, in a region run by Kurds, killed one contractor who was not American and injured numerous American contractors and an American service member.
Biden approved the airstrike, according to two officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Thursday’s airstrike was limited in a manner that could possibly lower the chance of tensions escalating.
Whether there were any casualties and property damage was not immediately known.
The US’s decision to hit Syria but not Iraq allows the latter to launch its own probe into the February 15 attack.
Earlier this week, one of the main Iraqi militia groups aligned with Iran, called the Kataib Hezbollah group, denied responsibility of any kind for the rocket attacks this month.
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