'Be Careful': Biden Warns Iran After Striking Tehran-Backed Militias in Syria

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The Biden administration's airstrike against Iran-backed forces in Syria is facing opposition and skepticism in Congress.

On Thursday, the militia official told AP that three drones were launched from Iraqi-Saudi border areas by a relatively unknown Iran-backed faction in Iraq, and crashed into Riyadh's royal complex on 23 January. Earlier this month, a rocket attack linked to Iranian proxy groups killed a contractor and wounded a US service member.

The strikes near Abu Kamal in Syria are a small signal that the Biden administration is not gun-shy, and that attacks on U.S. personnel have consequences.

"This makes President Biden the seventh consecutive U.S. president to order strikes in the Middle East", Khanna added. In a statement, the group said one person had died in Friday's strike. "The president should not be taking these actions without seeking explicit authorization instead of relying on broad, outdated [authorizations]".

He said that he had spoken "against endless war with (former president Donald) Trump, and I will speak out against it when we have a Democratic President". There is absolutely no justification for a president to authorize a military strike that is not in self-defense against an imminent threat without congressional authorisation, Khanna said.

"Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances", he continued, adding that he believes lawmakers should have a full briefing on the matter. The Syrian government vigorously condemned the action, calling it "a cowardly and systematic American aggression" while warning of unspecified consequences. I also condemn attacking a sovereign nation without authority. Some Russian politicians went further, citing the strike as evidence that the United States has no intention of winding down its military presence in Syria or pursuing de-escalatory policies in the Middle-East. "Perhaps someone should ask his [press secretary] today?"

The US military is in Iraq at the behest of the Iraqi government to help fight against the Islamic State.

The Biden administration in its first weeks emphasized its intent to focus more on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.

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Biden also halted plans to remove 12,000 troops from Germany, which Trump had proposed in part to punish the country for not spending enough on its military.

Officials have also blamed Iranian proxies for other rocket attacks on USA sites in Iraq since Biden took office. "Clearly, we want there to be a deterrence message here, delivered straight to them about the repercussions of going after our people and our Iraqi partners and our facilities inside Iraq", John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon. He referred to the 1973 War Powers Act, also known as the War Powers Resolution, which is a federal law that requires the president to consult Congress prior to sending American forces into combat.

Kirby said the location targeted was used by Kataeb Hezbollah and Kataeb Sayyid al-Shuhada, two Iraqi pro-Iran groups operating under the Hashed.

Republican members of Congress have praised the airstrike as a check on Iran's support for attacks against American personnel in Iraq through proxy groups. And to send a strong message about future attacks.

"The strike, the way I see it, was meant to set the tone with Tehran and dent its inflated confidence ahead of negotiations", Bilal Saab, a former Pentagon official who now serves as a senior fellow with the Middle East Institute, told the Washington Post.

"I strongly support our men and women in uniform and believe we must hold Assad accountable for his unconscionable use of chemical weapons", Harris tweeted.

Kataeb Hezbollah confirmed the death of one of its fighters and condemned the us action, insisting it was not involved in the recent attacks on USA and coalition forces in Iraq. "I hope the administration rethinks its current negotiating strategy with Iran and works with Congress on a bipartisan approach".

Two Senate war powers critics, Democrats Tim Kaine and Chris Murphy, also spoke out on Friday over why Biden ordered the attack without first consulting them. That goal led to intense debate within Biden's national security team over choosing a target that would not spark an escalating military conflict with Iran, officials said.

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