In a decisive move amidst escalating tensions, Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser of the United States, has declared the nation’s intent to launch further strikes on Iran-backed factions across the Middle East. Following recent strikes on Tehran-aligned groups in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, Sullivan emphasized the US’s commitment to responding to attacks on its forces.
“We intend to take additional strikes, and additional action, to continue to send a clear message that the United States will respond when our forces are attacked, when our people are killed,” stated Sullivan.
The latest wave of attacks came swiftly after the US and Britain targeted 36 Houthi sites in Yemen, in response to a deadly assault on United States troops in Jordan. These actions mark the latest developments in a conflict that erupted on October 7, when Hamas, supported by Iran, initiated hostilities by launching an assault on Israel.
As tensions continue to simmer, Tehran-backed groups voicing support for Hamas have engaged in hostilities across the region. Hezbollah has launched attacks on Israeli positions along the Lebanese-Israeli border, while Iraqi militias have targeted US forces in Iraq and Syria. Additionally, the Houthis have carried out strikes on shipping in the Red Sea and Israel itself.
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken’s departure for the region underscores the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts to mitigate the repercussions of the escalating conflict.