The Pentagon detailed the US firepower on Friday to destroy a building in Syria allegedly used by Iranian-backed militias, as the White House defended the legality of the strike against the opposition of the two parties.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said at a press conference: “Two F-15E Strike Eagles dropped 7 precision guided munitions, completely destroyed 9 facilities, and partially destroyed 2 facilities, making them Functionally destroyed.”
“These buildings are located at the Abu Kemal terrorist entry control post near the Syrian-Iraq border on the Syrian side. It is known that this location is conducive to the activities of the Iranian Allied Militia.”
According to Fox News, President Biden’s first military attack was intended to hit a second facility, but the mission was suspended when the drone showed potential civilian casualties.
Kirby said that the U.S. government has not yet determined the number of casualties caused by the seven 500-pound bombs, but he admitted that there were reports of local deaths.
When asked what message he intends to send to Iran, Biden said during a trip in Texas on Friday: “You can’t get away with it.” He paused, then added, “Be careful.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (Jen Psaki) went to Houston with Biden and told reporters on Air Force One that Biden had the legal power to order a strike.
Members of both parties in Congress criticized Biden’s decision and pointed out that Psaki criticized then President Donald Trump for bombing Syria in 2017.
She tweeted at the time: “What is the legal power to strike? …Syria is a sovereign country.”
Psaki told reporters that Biden ordered the strike to send “a clear message that he will take action to protect Americans.”
“According to domestic law, the President took this action in accordance with his second article to defend the authority of U.S. personnel. The objective was chosen to … correspond to the recent attack on the facility and prevent the risk of further attacks in the coming weeks,” Psaki said .
“According to international law, the United States acts in accordance with the right of self-defense under Article 50, paragraph 1, of the Charter of the United Nations. The strike is necessary to respond to threats and is commensurate with previous attacks.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that the strike was in retaliation for the February 15 rocket attack on a US military base at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, killing a military contractor. And wounded an American soldier.
Under the leadership of Trump and former President Barack Obama, according to the 2001 military authorization against Al-Qaeda and the 2002 law allowing the invasion of Iraq, the US military operations in Syria were reasonable, even though opponents expressed their opposition. Disagreement with these regulations provides a legal basis.