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Sullivan Predicts Continued U.S. Response in the Middle East

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed that the U.S. “intends” to launch additional strikes against Iranian-backed groups.

This decision comes after recent attacks in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Initial Retaliation

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The U.S. initiated airstrikes on Iranian-backed groups in Syria and Iraq.

This action was a response to an attack on a Jordanian base that killed three American troops and injured 40 others.

Broadening Response

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A separate wave of strikes targeted Houthi rebels in Yemen, also backed by Iran.

This was part of President Biden’s order for a “serious response.”

Ongoing Action

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Sullivan stated that the U.S. military’s response is “now underway.”

He emphasized that the strikes on Friday were just the beginning.

Assessment of Impact

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U.S. forces are assessing the effectiveness of the strikes on the militia groups.

The aim is to send a clear message about responding to attacks on American forces.

Targets Hit

October 4, 2023 – Gaza, Palestine: Fighters from the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, participate in a military parade on the 36th movement, in Gaza Strip. — Photo by thenews2.com

More than 85 targets were struck in Iraq and Syria.

The focus was on the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and affiliated militia groups.

Clear Intent

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White House spokesperson John Kirby emphasized that the goal is to halt attacks.

He clarified that the U.S. is not looking for a war with Iran.

Second Round of Strikes

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The U.S. and the UK conducted a second round of strikes.

These strikes targeted 13 locations associated with Houthi rebels’ weapons facilities and air defense systems.

Houthi Rebel Response

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Houthi rebel officials vow to continue military operations in response to the U.S. and U.K. attacks.

They assert their commitment to supporting Palestinians in Gaza.

Alleged Targets

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The rebels claim to target Israeli-linked ships, but Sullivan disputes this.

He states that the attacks are unrelated to Israel.

U.S. Troop Incidents

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U.S. officials report over 160 incidents of American troops coming under fire from various Iranian-backed groups.

This has been occurring since October of the previous year.

Uncertain Future

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Sullivan declines to discuss the possibility of strikes directly in Iran.

He highlights that ruling in or out specific actions would not be wise at this time.

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