A Measured Response

In a measured assertion of American military might, the United States orchestrated extensive airstrikes against a network of 85 targets spanning Iraq and Syria. This action, unfolding on Friday, marks the onset of what is anticipated to be a sequence of escalated U.S. offensives against Iranian-backed militias. These factions are responsible for orchestrating multiple attacks on American troops stationed in the Middle East.

The genesis of these retaliatory strikes, which encompassed a meticulous 30-minute operation, lies in a drone assault. This prior attack, orchestrated by Iran-affiliated terrorists on a U.S. military base in Jordan, resulted in the tragic loss of three American service members and left over 40 others wounded to varying degrees. The White House, validating the success of these counterstrikes, underscored their strategic response to the initial provocation.

Biden Reads a Prepared Statement

In a perfunctory statement, President Joe Biden articulated his views on the ongoing stance of the U.S. military, emphasizing the strategic and selective nature of these responses. “The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. But let all those who might seek to do us harm know this: If you harm an American, we will respond,” President Biden declared, voicing a firm commitment to national defense. Does the rest of the world believe Biden? I don’t know. Time will tell, but I have my doubts.

These operations on Friday have notably escalated in scale compared to previous actions targeting Iranian-backed militias, which were mainly concentrated on disrupting arms storage and training sites. The Biden administration, however, is threading a careful path. It seeks to deter further aggression and safeguard against the eruption of a full-scale conflict with Iran, especially given the existing tensions fueled by the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.


While the U.S. Central Command has officially acknowledged these airstrikes as measures against the IRGC Quds Force and its allied militia groups, the operation’s breadth is substantial.

“US military forces struck more than 85 targets, with numerous aircraft, including long-range bombers flown from the United States. The airstrikes employed more than 125 precision munitions,”

the command stated. The targeted facilities included a spectrum of operational and logistical assets crucial to the militia groups and their IRGC benefactors, who are responsible for orchestrating attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces.