The US warned that it would conduct more air strikes against pro-Iranian forces in the Middle East and was ready to counter their actions.
“What happened on February 2 is just the beginning of a series of US responses. There will be more steps, some obvious, others less noticeable. However, I would not describe this as a military campaign without end,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said today.
Advisor Sullivan said that the airstrikes targeting Iraq and Syria were highly effective, reducing the fighting capacity of pro-Iranian forces there. He affirmed that the US will “respond proportionately and significantly” to threats in the region, emphasizing that Washington has prepared plans to deal with all enemy actions.
“Further attacks will send a clear message that Washington will react when its forces are attacked and American citizens are killed,” the White House official said.
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the raid two days earlier was “only the first action” and that the country would apply more retaliatory measures.
On the afternoon of February 2, the US military carried out a large-scale airstrike on the Quds task force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and militia groups backed by Tehran in Iraq and Syria. US military aircraft launched 125 guided shells at more than 85 targets in 8 locations during the raid.
The move was in response to a drone attack on a US base in Jordan a week ago, killing three US soldiers. Washington accused pro-Tehran militia groups of carrying out the raid and pledged to respond, while Iran denied the accusation.
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.