Washington in a letter to the Security Council: The air strikes targeted the facilities of armed factions that attacked our forces in Iraq

Baghdad The United States informed the UN Security Council that it launched air strikes on Iran-backed armed factions in Syria and Iraq to prevent militants and Tehran from carrying out or supporting further attacks on US forces or facilities.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, said the air strikes hit facilities used by armed factions responsible for a series of drone and missile attacks on US forces and facilities in Iraq.

The Ambassador added in a written message: “This military response was taken after it was found that non-military options were inappropriate in addressing the threat, and its goal was to de-escalate the situation and prevent further attacks.”

US President Joe Biden sent a similar written message to Congress on Tuesday in which he said that “the United States is ready to take any further action, as necessary and in the appropriate manner, to counter any further threats or attacks.”

Article 51 of the United Nations Charter stipulates that the 15-nation council must be immediately notified of any action taken by any country in self-defence in the face of an armed attack.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency