US air strikes destroyed or damaged 84 targets in Iraq and Syria, but appeared to cause no casualties among Iranian forces.
Two anonymous US officials on February 4 revealed part of a report about a large airstrike against pro-Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria last weekend.
“Preliminary damage assessment shows that 84 out of 85 targets have been completely destroyed or damaged. Comprehensive analysis is underway, but there are no signs of Revolutionary Guard members Iranian Muslims died in the attack,” one person said.
An official added that the US base at the Conoco oil field in Syria was attacked with two rockets on February 3, but caused no casualties or damage. This person did not mention information that Tehran militia groups had previously announced attacks on al-Harir military airport in northern Iraq and al-Tanf in eastern Syria.
The White House and the Pentagon have not yet commented on the information.
On the afternoon of February 2, US military aircraft launched 125 guided shells at 85 targets of the Quds task force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and militia groups backed by Tehran in Iraq and Syria. This is the first time the US has launched a raid campaign at the same time against targets in these two countries.
The move was in response to a drone attack on a US base in Jordan a week ago, killing three US soldiers. Washington accuses pro-Tehran militia groups of carrying out the raid and pledged to respond. Iran affirmed that it was not directly involved in this attack.
The Iraqi and Syrian governments said the airstrike killed many civilians, condemning it as an act that violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries. Iran also criticized the US for “making strategic mistakes”, increasing tension and instability in the Middle East.
Military experts say that President Joe Biden’s faces administration an almost impossible task before the airstrike, including a strong enough attack to demonstrate its determination to retaliate, but without causing major damage to the country. the extent to which opponents decide to escalate their response.
Washington issued a series of messages about retaliation during the five days before the air strike, in which many senior officials hinted at the target and intensity of the attack, seemingly to reduce the risk of miscalculation. allowing gunmen to leave targeted locations and limit casualties.