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Biden Launches Airstrikes on Syria and Iraq

President Biden launched Airstrikes at the border of Syria and Iraq, targeting “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” and reportedly killing 22 Iranian militia fighters.

The Pentagon released a statement “As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel,” it continued “As a matter of international law, the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense. The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope. As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action pursuant to his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq.”

Under the Trump administration it was ruled “The killing of U.S. personnel would result in U.S. military response.” However there was injury of U.S. personnel, multiple rockets were fired and drone attacks were carried out unsuccessfully by Militia members—directly targeting U.S. personnel. In response to the attacks on our U.S. personnel, President Biden ordered an airstrike on the Militia at the Iraqi/Syrian border.

Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada group, operating under Hashd al-Sha’abi, vowed revenge.“From now on, we will enter an open war with the American occupation. The first of which is targeting its hostile aircraft in the sky over our beloved Iraq,”

Image Source: TehranTimes.com

According to Reuters, “U.S. officials believe Iran is behind a ramp-up in increasingly sophisticated drone attacks and periodic rocket fire against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq”

“Certainly what the United States is doing is disrupting security in the region, and one of the victims of this disruption will be the United States,” stated Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh

Iraq’s military spokesperson Yehia Rasool stated the attacks on the border of Syria as an “unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty” and “Iraqi national security”.

Yehia later Tweeted “We call for calm and avoiding escalation in all its forms”, potentially in an attempt to deter Iranian interference and escalation.

Israel

In June, Biden met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, where President Biden stated: “My commitment to Israel is … ironclad,” he continued “What I can say to you is that Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch”.

Image Source: Reuters

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Iranian Nuclear Deal

According to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Biden now recently discussed re-enacting the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iranian Nuclear Deal, which Former President Trump ended in 2018. This would allow Iran limited use of Nuclear Production, with the agreement it dismantles its much of its Nuclear Program and opened its facilities to extensive international inspections.

In retaliation for the ending of the Iranian Nuclear Deal, Iran has resumed some of its Nuclear activity. Biden has stated the U.S. will re-enter the deal if Iran complies with the restrictions. Iran said it would require the U.S. to lift current sanctions on Iran.

“The agreement has expired … any of the information recorded will never be given to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the data and images will remain in the possession of Iran,” said Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.

A spokesperson for the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee stated “Iran will also turn off the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] cameras if the United States fails to remove all sanctions”

To re-enter the Iranian Nuclear Deal Biden would have to lift current sanctions on Iran, removing Biden’s upper hand, which will impact U.S. control to cease the Iranian production of nuclear weapons. As Obama statedSanctions were the only way to bring Iran to the table”

Saeed Laylaz, an economist, informal adviser to President Hassan Rouhani administration stated “In my opinion, less than 10 per cent of our economic difficulties are due to sanctions,” Mr Laylaz says. “The first signs of economic crisis appeared in 2007, five years before the sanctions. The recession started in the summer of 2011, exactly one year before sanctions hit.”

Currently, Iran states it’s Nuclear Program is only for generation of power. Critics believe Iran having any Nuclear capabilities could result in massive corruption. “Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, through its financial and operational support for groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthis, and others. The possibility that Iran could share its nuclear technology with extremist groups hostile to the United States and others should concern every American and be unacceptable to the community of nations.” cites United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) as one of the many layers of Iranian Corruption.

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