In retaliation to a drone attack in Jordan that claimed the lives of three U.S. service members, the United States conducted airstrikes on sites in Iraq and Syria utilized by Iranian-backed militias. President Biden labeled these strikes as the “first step” in the U.S. response, emphasizing the commitment to take “necessary action” to protect itself and allies. The President cautioned that Iran would be held accountable for any future attacks.
While the U.S. stance is one of self-defense, the Iranian government condemned the airstrikes, denouncing them as a “violation of international law” and a “declaration of war.” Simultaneously, the Iraqi government expressed condemnation, citing a breach of Iraqi sovereignty.
The airstrikes have heightened concerns over a potential escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with experts cautioning that the situation could pave the way for a broader conflict in the region.