The Biden administration has signaled it will not only maintain, but heavily increase U.S. military presence in the Middle East.
Under Joe Biden’s orders, the U.S. military carried on an airstrike against infrastructure used by Iranian-backed militias. This is the first known military action by ‘Commander-in-Chief’ Biden.
The retaliatory attack comes after several Shia militia groups – Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada – attacked a U.S. military base in Iraq.
Both militia forces have received military funding and support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
Senior officials said the attack was meant to deter further rocket attacks against U.S. positions, while reducing casualties by keeping the scope of the bombing low.
On Monday, two rockets landed near the U.S. Green Zone in Baghdad. This was the third attack of its kind in just one week.
Baghdad’s Green Zone is a miles-long stretch of land that houses many U.S. officials and features multiple government buildings.
The strike this week thankfully resulted in zero casualties, but an attack last week resulted in the deaths of two U.S. soldiers and several contract workers.
The Pentagon said the drone strike was in conjunction with allies in the region, namely Israel.
The extent of the damage and casualties from Joe Biden’s drone strike is still unknown.