According to Fox News, the U.S. launched retaliatory strikes in Iraq and Syria in response to the deadly attack on the United States post in Jordan. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the strikes, stating that airstrikes were conducted against more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups.
Breaking: The US has launched a series of retaliatory strikes in Iraq and Syria in response to the drone attack that killed three U.S. soldiers in Jordan on Sunday. @CBSNews
— Norah O'Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) February 2, 2024
Republicans and former service members blasted Biden for taking too long to respond to the attack. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) insisted that the delay allowed Iran to relocate and hide its military assets.
“The Biden administration spent nearly a week foolishly telegraphing U.S. intentions to our adversaries, giving them time to relocate and hide,” Wicker said. “It is past time for our commander-in-chief to adopt a new approach that targets the actual sponsors of terrorism in the region.”
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) told Fox News that Biden should have acted decisively like his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
“These are late. They should have been done more decisively as President Trump did,” Tenney told Fox Business host Larry Kudlow. “But, you know, it’s the policy that President Biden has taken towards Iran to try to get back into the failed nuclear agreement, also to allow sanctions to be lifted on the Iranians so they can sell up to 80-$90 billion worth of oil mostly to China, by the way.”
GOP congressional candidate Joe Kent of Washington —a former Green Beret— echoed Rep. Wicker’s sentiment in a post on X.
So we are bombing Syria & Iraq after telegraphing, Iran moved anyone that matters, but we left our troops in the same locations so Iran can still strike us when they want.
Congress should put a resolution on the floor to pull our troops out immediately. See who wants to put…
— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@joekent16jan19) February 2, 2024
“So we are bombing Syria & Iraq after telegraphing, Iran moved anyone that matters, but we left our troops in the same locations so Iran can still strike us when they want,” Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent of Washington, a former Green Beret, posted on X. “Congress should put a resolution on the floor to pull our troops out immediately. See who wants to put their name on leaving our troops as bait.”