Friday, 16 April 2021 12:55 GMT

First US Military Action Under Biden Draws Criticism


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Baghdad- US President Joe Biden's authorisation of military air raids in eastern Syria on Thursday has drawn criticism in the Middle East.

The United States military said it carried out measured attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militias, in response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq.

The air raids were 'deliberate' and aimed to 'de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq', Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

'Same as Trump'

Some commentators said there was a clear effort to draw a distinction between Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump, who in response to attacks on coalition forces in Iraq used 'the most disproportionate force by killing the Iranian general (Qassem) Soleimani', said Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi in Washington, DC.

Seyyed Mohammad Marandi, a professor of English literature and orientalism at the University of Tehran said the move showed how Biden and Trump are the same.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to his Syrian counterpart on Friday hours after US air raids.

'The two sides stressed the need of the West to adhere to UN Security Council resolutions regarding Syria,' the Iranian government website Dolat.ir said.

US journalist Ayman Moyeldin drew a timeline to show similarities between Biden's move and several former US presidents.

The US has long been criticised for military intervention in several Muslim-majority countries such as Iraq and Libya and imposing regime change leading to political chaos and instability.

'Not de-escalatory'

In the US, the move was also met with condemnation.

Hillary Mann Leverett, CEO of the political risk consultancy Stratega, said while the air raids sent a message about the Biden administration's loyalties in the region, they would not diffuse the situation in the Middle East.

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