Defense Official Said U.S. Won't Hesitate to Defend Its Troops in Middle East
DOD: 2,000 personnel and a range of units are on a heightened state of readiness, some of which [were] subsequently deployed.
Department of Defense: "On October 26, at President Biden's direction, U.S. forces conducted precision, self-defense strikes on facilities in eastern Syria used and operated by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, IRGC, and its affiliates," said Dana Stroul during testimony yesterday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"We will not hesitate to take further necessary measures to protect our people."
Over the last three weeks, Iran-backed militia groups have attacked U.S. bases and facilities in Iraq and Syria 41 times. The U.S. has defended itself against those attacks and will continue to do so, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said.