Pentagon says airstrikes were in response to drone attacks against US personnel in Iraq

The US has launched airstrikes against sites linked to Iranian backed militias in Iraq and Syria, in response to drone attacks against US interests in Iraq.

The attacks mark the second time Joe Biden has authorised attacks against Iranian proxies since he was sworn in as president in January and are the first since hardline Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi was elected earlier this month.

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