WASHINGTON, 26 Feb – RIA Novosti. The United States struck in Syria, relying on intelligence from the Iraqi side, said US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Earlier, the Pentagon reported that the US attacked several buildings on the Syrian-Iraqi border used by a number of Iran- backed paramilitary groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada. The US Department of Defense stressed that this was a response to recent attacks on American and coalition forces in Iraq .
“We allowed the Iraqis to develop intelligence for us, encouraged them to do so, and it helped us a lot to clarify the targets. <...> We are confident that the target was used by the same Shiite militia that carried out the strikes (on American soldiers. – Ed. .) “, Austin said.
At the same time, he noted that he could not say more, but expressed confidence that the US military “knows exactly where they hit.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, whose statement was at the disposal of RIA Novosti, earlier said that President Joe Biden ordered the strike.