On Tuesday, amid ongoing attacks by the various Islamic Republic of Iran-backed terrorist proxies in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Yemen, new reports in Washington revealed the potential targets that the Biden administration could mostly likely target in retaliation.
According to reports, some of the options that the Pentagon is considering include striking Iranian personnel in Syria or Iraq or Iranian naval assets in the Persian Gulf.
Following a terrorist attack by Iranian-backed terrorist groups against American troops in Jordan, which resulted in the death of three American soldiers and 40 injured, lawmakers in the Senate and the House called for retaliatory strikes against the Islamic Republic and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) brigades, which is the primary supporter of such groups and their attacks.
On Monday, the White House repeated the President’s promise that it would “respond” to the attacks but also stated that the United States would not act in haste.
“We do not seek another war. We do not seek to escalate. But we will absolutely do what is required,” said National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson John Kirby to reporters during a recent White House briefing, adding that the eventual response will consider “that these groups, backed by Tehran, have just taken the lives of American troops.”
While the Biden White House continues to weigh options to retaliate against Iran, the Iran-backed Iraqi terrorist group Kataib Hezbollah recently announced on Telegram and local media outlets that it would suspend all military operations against American troops.
In response to the statements by Kataib Hezbollah, Pentagon Press Secretary Major General Pat Ryder told reporters that actions “speak louder than words.”
In past and recent weeks, the White House has ordered a series of airstrikes against Houthi terrorist military infrastructure to disable and degrade their operational capabilities. Despite such retaliatory strikes, the Houthis continue to attack American Naval ships and commercial vessels, thanks in large part to the support from Tehran.
The Houthis, along with terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, have vowed to continue to attack American forces in the Middle East to curb America and other Western countries supporting Israel as they seek to destroy the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and military officials have stressed that the Jewish state will not stop its military campaign against Hamas following its brutal Oct. 7 massacre.
Israeli officials have warned Iran and its terrorist proxies not to get involved in the conflict, or it would not hesitate to use military force against them.