(PatrioticPost.com)- On Sunday June 27, President Biden ordered an airstrike against targets linked to pro-Iranian militias in both Syria and Iraq. And rather than tamp down tensions, Biden’s airstrikes have only escalated them.
After the Sunday airstrikes, the US military base located at Syria’s occupied Omar oil field came under attack. No casualties were reported and military officials stationed in Syria are still assessing the extent of damage. On Monday, pro-Iranian militants claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Sunday airstrikes targeted facilities known to be used by militias who have recently launched attacks on US interests within Iraq. The strikes targeted weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one just over the border in Iraq.
Blinken said these facilities were known to be used by several Iranian-backed militias.
The weapons storage facilities were known to hold unmanned aerial craft used in targeting US forces and allies. Both the State Department and Pentagon claim that Sunday’s airstrikes were essential in the Biden Administration’s ongoing to mission to protect US personnel and interests in the region.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that President Biden believes the US should and will “take necessary and appropriate measures” to defend both US personnel and partners withing Syria and Iraq.
Calling Iran a “bad actor in the region,” Psaki said it was the White House’s view that Iran has both taken part in and supported “extremely problematic behavior.”
But the decision to launch the airstrikes last week is now coming under intense scrutiny both at home and abroad. Iraqi officials oppose the airstrikes asserting that the attack within Iraq was a violation of its sovereignty.
The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry accused the White House of continuing the “oppressive behavior” that began with President Trump imposing sanctions. Iran warned that Biden’s airstrikes may lead to further instability in the region.
At home, both Democrat and Republican lawmakers were deeply critical of President Biden, accusing him of abusing presidential war powers and going over the head of Congress. Already Congress is moving to rescind specific military force authorizations as a way to bring the President’s power in check.