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U.S. Approved Plans For Strikes On Iranian Personnel In Iraq, Syria – Report

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U.S. Approved Plans For Strikes On Iranian Personnel In Iraq, Syria - Report

USS Carney firing interceptors at missiles and drones launched from Yemen over the Red Sea on October 19. Source: U.S. Army.

The United States has approved plans for multi-day strikes in Iraq and Syria against multiple targets, including Iranian personnel and facilities, CBS News reported on February 1, citing American officials.

The timing of the strikes will largely be determined by the weather, the officials told the broadcaster, adding that the U.S. military wants clear skies to make sure it does not accidentally hit civilians as it strikes targets.

The strikes are intended to respond to a drone attack over the weekend by an Iran-backed group that killed three U.S. troops and wounded more than 40 others at a base known as Tower 22 on Jordan’s border with Syria.

The attack on the base was claimed by an umbrella group of Iranian-backed factions known as the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI). It marked the first time an American soldier was killed since the start of the Israeli war on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The IRI carried out more than a hundred attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria since the outbreak of the war in Gaza and the unwavering support by Washington for it despite international calls for a ceasefire.

Speaking at the Pentagon on February 1, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters that the U.S. won’t tolerate attacks on American troops.

“This is a dangerous moment in the Middle East,” Austin said, noting that Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza and attacks by Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen on commercial shipping in the Red Sea were also happening in the region. “We will continue to work to avoid a wider conflict in the region, but we will take all necessary actions to defend the United States, our interests and our people, and we will respond when we choose, where we choose and how we choose.”

On February 2, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said in a televised speech that his country will “respond strongly” to anyone who bullies it.”

“We will not start any war but if anyone wants to bully us they will receive a strong response,” Raisi said. “Before, when they [the Americans] wanted to talk to us, they said the military option is ‘on the table’. Now they say they have no intention of a conflict with Iran.”

Tehran’s military power has not and will not pose a threat to any country in the region, the president said, adding that Iran’s strength only creates security for the countries around it. Iran has denied involvement in the drone strike in Jordan.

Raisi’s remarks came after hawkish Republican officials in the U.S. openly called for direct strikes on Iran in response to the attack on Tower 22.

Following the deadly drone attack, Kataib Hezbollah, which is believed to be a key faction of the IRI, announced a pause in operations against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria. However, a drone attack targeted the U.S. Green Village base in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor on February 1, and the next day several other factions of the IRI vowed to go on with their operations until the war in Gaza is over.

All in all, the U.S. appears to be preparing what it thinks is a calculated response. Still, the situation could easily go out of control, especially if Iranian personnel were targeted.

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BunkerDwellers

“u.s. military wants clear skies to make sure it does not accidentally hit civilians as it strikes targets.” i think that’s code for “we will be targetting families too.”

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Dstroj

true bd……. stock up on jars of pickles.. no joke.. godspeed n save yourselves….

thewhiterose

approved or unapproved missions, what is exactly the difference with the bombings in the past? and what about the illegal occupation of syrian oilfields? it is time usa invades yemen and get its butt kicked.

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Balon

“we dont want the conflict…we want to defend..bla bla bla” as always these kind of statements is to legalize the war that they really want it.

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No love for 1776!

anglo-americans really want world war 3

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Clyde

no, they want world war 2. with the russians doing most of the dying, and the americans building out their empire. maga! they live in a fake past.

A.H.

ww3 started with 9/11 the inside job was neded to get the people warm for another blody war to safe the dying blood dollar.

Cavery

the iranians will simply up the escalation. the problem with biden is that his cognitive regression means his brain tells him he’s running the us circa 1990 and he’s facing an iran of the 1970s. he doesn’t seem to realise the israelis are a second rate conventional force who are being defeated by a guerrilla force and that iran can sink his ships and utterly destroy his bases in the middle east and if they really wanted to can close the persian gulf or destroy the gulf states oil fields.

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No love for 1776!

you do know it was trump who authorized the assassination of iranian general soleimani. it doesn’t matter who is elected as president here in the states they’ll carry on the satanic warmongering agenda. texas is being used by these politicians to win over supporters smh 🤦

Christopher

“presidents are selected, not elected.” franklin d. roosevelt

Eagle747

bombardi in iran per difendere gli stati uniti? ma che cazzo stai dicendo? cosa ci fai te a 10000 km da casa? cosa stai cercando in medio oriente, vuoi una guerra totale? lo sai che se provochi l’iran, in quel cazzo di mare ci potresti lasciare i tuo deretano a cominciare da quelle padelle che tu chiami portaeree

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Alain

why are readers voting on articles according to whether they like the info in the article or not? this is very misleading. an article can be a very good article even if the news in it is bad. similarly an article can be a bad article even if the news conveyed is good. i feel like voting on content should reflect the pertinence and accuracy of the content rather then the readers feelings about the news itself.

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jens holm

everybody down vote me cuz i village idiot

_TomSawyer_

the 🔥barbecuing🔥 has begun 😀

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CEO of Yapping

an informed iranian source told al jazeera:

there are no irgc/quds force bases in the areas that have been bombed by the us in syria.

washington’s talk about quds force attacks in syria are false. us bombing is an open & declared aggression against syria & iraq.

p.s good one clowns… blame and bomb syria and iraq… not iran lmfao. not even irgc assets…

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Dstroj

good info cfo…..

Clyde

the us has been engaging in mass murder by air for eighty years. basically with very little let-up.

jens holm

incompetent moron amerikan only bbq sand burger

YAHYA pedomanic sinwar

waiting for iran to go full send ballistic missiles to israel.

will they do it? or just pure casual iranian trashtalk?

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CEO of Yapping

yup you should be the next us president… you just trash talk and nothing like them.

YAHYA pedomanic sinwar

don’t you know i am the leader of hamas? i will cut your head and your family too. allahu akbar!

Shaman

amerikan no volya always lose betray fake friends

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Massa John

it’s time to relocate and build that bunker, perhaps somewhere in siberia…

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Martillo

one direct attack inside iran and the apartheid abomination in occupied palestine would be charred ruins in 24 hours. the bankrupt $atan is going down and now that the fat cow nudelman is “singing” in rump ukrapland the civil war reloaded in $lumville proper will be kick started before don chump is re-$elected as white house re$ident. ain’t karma grand as the snorting anglozionazi beast gets slaughtered.

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rat hunter

someone’s trashtalking here like an idiot using weirdo characters with no relevance and just pure casual communist style shit talk like a retarded vladimir putin.

look, whether you like it or not, iran will be beated like a lunatic bitch.

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