On Friday, an attack against an American base in Iraq was carried out by Iranian forces.
That attack resulted in the death of a civilian contractor, according to The Jerusalem Post, so the United States responded in kind by conducting airstrikes targets in Iraq and Syria on Sunday against the Kataib Hezbollah group.
On Sunday, U.S. officials confirmed that several successful attacks were mounted. They also warned that “additional actions” may take place if needed to defend U.S. interests.
President Donald Trump was informed of the attacks while he was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. After the president was briefed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the media.
He stated: “We will not stand for this Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper also made a statement, where he stressed the need to not only act in self-defense but also carry out attacks that will deter these groups from attacking our bases again.
According to reports from Iraqi sources, more than two dozen fighters were killed in the American attacks.
Additionally, at least 55 people were wounded. The Iraqis said that there were a total of three airstrikes that were carried out.
An unnamed U.S. official said the operations were carried about by F-15 fighter jets.
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been on the rise for quite some time.
After President Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal put in place by Barack Obama, both countries have been walking a very fine line with each other.
Iran has continuously tried to flex its military muscle in the Middle East, but Trump has always been more than willing to not only answer in kind, but also raise the stakes a notch just to make it clear to Iran that the U.S. will not be bullied.