In response to the recent U.S. military strikes on over 85 targets in Iraq and Syria, President Biden emphasized that the United States is not actively seeking a broader conflict in the Middle East. The strikes were carried out in retaliation for a drone attack that resulted in the deaths of three U.S. service members. While warning that U.S. responses will continue “at times and places of our choosing,” Biden reiterated that the goal is not to escalate tensions in the region.
Biden’s statement came after attending the dignified transfer of the fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. He made it clear that the U.S. does not harbor intentions of conflict but emphasized a strong commitment to responding to harm against Americans.
Iranian Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), also indicated a preference for avoiding further escalation, stating, “We are not looking for war, but we are not afraid of it either. We are not warmongers, but we defend ourselves and our glory,” as reported by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.