According to the article by Martin and Brennan (2021), the U.S. initiated military actions against Iran, which is the first military campaign under the President Biden. This became the response to the rocket attacks in Iraq that took place recently. This was not the first Iran’s attack, and the U.S. forces were facing Iran attacks in Iraq and Syria for years. The President is going to protect the American coalition personnel by fighting back.
Some infrastructure used by Iran-backed militia troops has been chosen as a target for the U.S. military campaign. The attack has destroyed some facilities and killed several people. Most of the killed are, most likely, the members of Iran-backed militia. Some Iranian troops were evacuated in other cities after the strike. The attack aims to serve as a payback for harming the U.S. personnel and became the peak of the growing tension between the U.S. and Iran. The tension has been increased due to the communication of Tehran and Islamic Republic on the subject of nuclear deal.
The choice of the target is explained by three messages that are to be sent by this attack. First of all, this attack should become a signal for Iran that the new President would not tolerate rocket attacks harming American personnel. The second aim is to demonstrate the US partners in Iraq who are in good relationships with both the U.S. and Iran that the U.S. is not going to anger them. Third, the attack should reduce the Iran’s aggression and attempts to retaliate. The military attack has become the part of diplomatic outreach, which also includes the message of the U.S. concerning American hostages.
Martin D., Brennan M. “U.S. Airstrikes Target Iran-backed Militias in Syria in Biden’s 1st Military Action.” CBS News, 2021, Web.