National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan teased that the Biden administration is planning to launch further retaliatory strikes on Iranian proxy targets.
Final week, the US fired off two separate rounds of strikes on Iranian proxy targets in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen following final month’s killing of three troopers in Jordan from a drone strike.
“The president has been very clear from the start,” Sullivan instructed NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“When American forces are attacked, we are going to reply and we’ve responded a number of instances.”
“We intend to take further strikes and extra motion to proceed to ship a transparent message that america will reply when our forces are attacked.”
Sullivan revealed that the army continues to be assessing the casualty account from the strikes carried out Friday and Saturday.
“We do consider that the strikes had a very good impact in degrading the capabilities of those militia teams to assault us,” he mentioned.
Sullivan kept away from divulging any numbers about civilian or army casualties from the 2 units of retaliatory assaults carried out late final week.
“What we do know is that the targets we hit had been completely legitimate targets from the standpoint of containing the weaponry and the personnel that had been attacking American forces,” he mentioned.
On Friday, the US struck over 85 targets in seven outposts in Iraq and Syria with over 125 precision-guided munitions, in line with nationwide safety officers.
The strike hit the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group backed by Iran, which the US blamed for the lethal drone assault that killed three US troops and wounded 40 on the Tower 22 army base in Jordan final month.
That assault started mere hours after the conclusion of a dignified switch ceremony honoring the three troopers at Dover Air Pressure Base in Delaware.
Then, on Saturday, the US and the UK blasted 36 Houthi targets in Yemen.
All of these assaults had been meant to degrade the army capabilities of these Iranian proxy teams, in line with army officers.
Between the Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas assault on Israel and the drone strike in Jordan, there had been over 158 assaults on US and allied belongings within the area, per the Pentagon.
When requested if the administration was bracing for a counterattack, Sullivan burdened that “we’re ready to cope with something that any group or any nation tries to come back at us with.”
President Biden has confronted withering criticism from some Republicans reminiscent of Home Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) for ready virtually per week earlier than finishing up the retaliatory strikes.
“I discover it considerably unusual,” Sullivan mentioned, recalling how Biden beforehand made it clear that previous to the Jordan drone strike, the US would reply.
“After all, there’ll at all times be armchair quarterbacks however we’re assured within the steps that we’ve taken up to now.”
Sullivan additionally declined to rule out putting Iran straight.
“Sitting right here on tv, it will not be smart for me to speak about what we’re ruling in and ruling out.”