The US military strikes in Syria are aimed at destroying weaponry and deterring Iranian-backed groups from targeting American troops, the White House said on Thursday.
President Joe Biden said the United States had to respond after US troops were targeted and that the retaliatory strikes were working. Asked if the US military would respond again, Biden told reporters it would if it had to.
The United States carried out strikes on Thursday against a weapon storage facility in eastern Syria that the Pentagon said was used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups.
White House spokesman John Kirby separately told CNN that the US strikes “had a practical impact on their ability to arm these groups, but also to send a strong signal of deterrence.”
“These groups have a choice to make: If they want to continue to attack our troops in Iraq and Syria, then they’re gonna have to face the consequences for that,” Kirby added.