美国国防部说，美军当天空袭了位于叙利亚东部伊朗支持的民兵组织的多处设施。报道引述五角大楼新闻秘书柯比（John F Kirby）的话称，总统拜登是为了回应伊拉克境内针对美国目的的火箭弹袭击及对美国和盟友职员造成的连续威胁。
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia.
"At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
A source from the Syrian military told a correspondent of China Media Group that there were multiple airstrikes near the port of Abu Kamal, a town in eastern Syria on the border with Iraq, around midnight on Thursday.
It was not immediately clear what damage was caused and if there were any casualties from the strike. But the strikes appeared to be limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation.
A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the decision to carry out these strikes was meant to send a signal that while the United States wanted to punish the militias, it did not want the situation to spiral into a bigger conflict.
On February 15, rockets hit the U.S. military base at Erbil International Airport killing one non-American contractor and injuring a number of American contractors and a U.S. service member.
Another salvo struck a base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad days later hurting at least one contractor.