Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Response to airstrikes
Pro-Iranian militants shell the US base
In Vienna, the United States recognizes the need to renew the international nuclear deal with Iran, while allowing Biden to negotiate on the Iraq-Syria border. The immediate response of pro-Iranian militants to the airstrikes follows.
They opened fire on a U.S. base in eastern Syria on Monday evening after renewed U.S. airstrikes against pro-Iranian militants in the Middle East. Wayne Maroto, a spokesman for the International Coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadi militants, said on Twitter that several rockets had been fired at the base. No injuries were reported and the extent of property damage is currently being investigated.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the shelling targeted a U.S. base in the al-Omar oil field in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. In response, US military and allied planes reportedly flew over the area. The official news agency Sanaa also reported on the bombing of a military base with rockets by “US occupation forces” in the Al-Omar oil field. The report did not say who carried out the attacks.
Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian laboratory, said the international anti-IS coalition had responded to the Deir ez-Zor attack with a “heavy artillery bombardment” of al-Majadin, which is controlled by pro-year militants. The lab relies on a network of local activists. Your information cannot be verified by an independent party.
Biden defends the repression of militants
On Monday night after President Joe Biden took office, the U.S. military launched airstrikes against pro-Iranian militants in Iraq and Syria. It has responded to dozens of attacks on US targets in Iraq over the past few months. The lab said a weapons store near the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal was destroyed in a US airstrike.
The timing of the recent US airstrikes is very sensitive from a diplomatic perspective. Talks are currently underway in Vienna on the renewal of the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, with which the US is indirectly involved. Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally terminated the deal in 2018. Biden has promised that the United States will return to the deal.
Meanwhile, Biden received outgoing Israeli President Ruwan Rivlin at the White House. Israel is hostile to the nuclear deal with Iran. Biden had the opportunity to defend against air strikes. He said these were aimed at facilities used by pro-Iranian militants responsible for attacks on US forces in Iraq. Biden, as president, insisted that he had the constitutional authority to order this. Turning to Tehran, he said Iran would never acquire nuclear weapons while in office.