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Iran tensions

US launches airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia in Syria

Pentagon spokesman says Biden will 'act to protect American and Coalition personnel'

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

The strikes, which were first reported by Reuters, appeared to be limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation.

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