On Monday, new reports revealed that top United States Department of Defense (DoD) officials have been frustrated by the Biden administration’s lack of action in dealing with Islamic Republic-backed attacks on U.S. bases across the Middle East region.
According to reports, Islamic Republic-sponsored terrorist proxies have been targeting American forces almost daily for over a month, totaling 61 attacks in which at least 59 staff have been wounded.
Terrorist leaders in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria have stated that such operations are in support of Hamas and will continue as long as the U.S. backs Israel’s military operations in Gaza.
In response, the Biden administration has so far approved several airstrikes on Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps facilities (IRGC) in Syria, with the latest one killing “seven militants,” according to U.S. officials.
“Are we trying to deter future Iranian attacks like this,” an anonymous Pentagon official told the Washington Post (WAPO). “There is no clear definition of what we are trying to deter,” the official added.
In response to U.S. condemnation, Islamic Republic Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said: “We have seen the first stage of expansion of the scope of the war by the resistance groups who make their own decisions.”
“And if the possible scenarios to stop the crimes of the Zionists do not come to fruition, we will probably witness a new situation in the region,” he added.
Officials in the Biden administration and outside supporters do not want the president to “escalate” the conflict, fearing that such a move would turn it into a full-scale regional war that would drag the U.S. into it.
In Washington, lawmakers in the House and Senate have said that the Biden administration’s soft approach has emboldened the regime. Many note that the administration recently allowed up to $10 billion to Tehran following the extension of sanctions waiver via Iraq.
The Iran-backed proxies “keep shooting, waiting for us to respond. We don’t, so they keep shooting,” said Senator Kevin Cramer of the Armed Services Committee.
“Our posture has to be a little more aggressive than just strictly defensive because one of these days, we’re going to miss one of those drones,” he added.