Unable to engage Iran in its previous nuclear agreement breached by Donald Trump in 2018, President Biden ordered airstrikes on Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’s stockpile of drones on the Iraqi border a week after the election of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. The U.S. Military F-15 and F-16 aircraft destroyed weapons and equipment used in the commission of terrorist attacks and were deliberately calculated to save lives and reduce casualties.
The U.S. Protects Its Allies
International dismay with Israel’s 11-day conflict with Hamas that killed 250 Palestinians and 12 Israelis prompted President Biden to reassure Israeli President Rivlin that the United States will thwart Iranian terrorists who destabilize their homeland. The United States pays $3.8 billion annually in military support to Israel.
The United States is in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi government to help Iraqi Security Forces defeat ISIS. The New York Times reports that Iranian-backed militias used unmanned aerial vehicles carrying small explosives to bomb and endanger U.S. troops in Iraq at least five times since April 2021.
Tumultuous Relationships in the Middle East
The Biden Administration expects Israel to calm and stabilize the region and promote economic opportunities for Palestinians to achieve lasting peace. The U.S. airstrikes were designed to reduce escalation. The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia are attempting to restore the Iranian nuclear agreement, but the new Israeli coalition government doubts its efficacy.
Vowing that Iran will never own nuclear weapons while he’s president, Biden asserted that the airstrikes are a clear deterrent to attacks on the United States C.I.A. and Special Forces in Iraq and throughout the region. Under international law, the United States has the right to protect the U.S. military and personnel in Iraq.