The US has hit 85 targets in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes in a retaliatory assault after three American troopers have been killed at a base in Jordan.
More than 125 “precision munitions” have been fired from long-range bombers flown from the US at three services in Iraq and 4 in Syria.
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US Central Command stated the strikes focused Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia teams.
Here is what our specialists have stated concerning the US strikes:
Security analyst Michael Clarke
“What the Americans try to do is to supply a large enough sequence of targets, 85-plus targets, and so they’ll do extra of it. They’ve stated that.
“This will be a multi-layered operation that will be sustained. It will go on.
“Loads of plane have come from the United States, some B52s, and a few B1Bs.
“The B52s are considerably older than the pilots who fly them but they still work pretty well and they’ll have launched quite a lot of missiles from the ships.
“Tomahawk missiles, the F22, the Super Hornets from the [USS] Eisenhower may have been concerned.
“I feel they will have had every thing up tonight, most likely, so as to present that they will do that.
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“They’ve not gone for personnel, they’ve deliberately given them warning, so that they know they’ll have dispersed and taken whatever equipment with them they can, but they’ve gone for the rest and the fixed sites.
“The message is that is the primary instalment and there might be extra.
“The idea is, whether it will work or not, we don’t know, that Tehran has got to think again.”
Military analyst Sean Bell
“It is no great surprise that this strike has happened. What is a surprise is that it’s taken so long for it to be enacted.
“I feel a part of what we’re seeing right here is the very, very calculated, measured response.
“America is aware of that it is on the horns of a dilemma. It was obliged to take motion, following the demise of these three servicemen and 40 injured within the northern a part of Jordan.
“But the US doesn’t want to make a bad situation worse.
“Targeting gear slightly than populated areas sends a really clear message.
“If you want to take out [military] capability, it’s equipment and people. If you want to send a signal, you focus on equipment.
“The actual fact they have been focusing on out of populated areas, that they have been targeted on specific army gear, I feel sends a really clear message with out truly looking for to escalate.”