Syria condemns “cowardly” airstrikes authorized by Biden against Iranian-backed militia

On Friday, Syria vehemently condemned the airstrikes that the United States carried out against an Iranian-backed militant group in Eastern Syria Thursday.

“Syria condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly U.S. attack on areas in Deir al-Zor near the Syrian-Iraqi border,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement reported by reuters.

Syria’s condemnation of the attack was accompanied by criticism of President Biden’s leadership and decisions- comparing his administration to the actions of the Trump administration.

“It (the Biden administration) is supposed to stick to international legitimacy, not to the law of the jungle as (did) the previous administration,” the statement continued.

According to an Iraqi militia official on Friday, the airstrikes killed one fighter and injured several others. The attack was the first military action carried out by President Biden as commander-in-chief.

Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was also quick to criticize and condemn the attack.

“We strongly condemn such actions,” Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, said Friday. “We call for the unconditional respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

“At President Joe Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces, earlier this evening, launched airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in Eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against U.S. and coalition personnel in Iraq, and to on-going threats to those personnel,” Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said of the attack on Thursday.

The air strikes have received criticism and support from both sides of the aisle amongst American politicians and members of Congress.

Noah Pitcher is a global politics correspondent for Today News Africa covering the U.S. government, United Nations, African Union, and other actors involved in international developments, political controversies, and humanitarian issues.

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