US air strikes in Syria target Iranian-backed militia: Pentagon

The United States carried out air strikes authorised by President Joe Biden against facilities belonging to Iranian-backed militia in eastern Syria early on Friday, in response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

The strikes appeared limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation. It was not immediately clear what damage was caused, Reuters reported.

Syria did not immediately comment, but state-owned Ekhbariya TV said the strikes were conducted at dawn against several targets near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

“At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted air strikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.