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Joe Biden takes military action for first time as president

11:15, Friday, 26 February, 2021
Joe Biden takes military action for first time as president

The US has launched airstrikes on eastern Syria - the first military action undertaken since Joe Biden became president.
     The targets were at a control point on the border with Iraq, and the Pentagon said "multiple facilities" used by Iranian-backed militant groups were "destroyed".
     The Pentagon's chief spokesperson John Kirby said: "This proportionate military response was conducted together with diplomatic measures, including consultation with coalition partners.
     "The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel.
     "At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in eastern Syria and Iraq."
     There were no details given on any casualties.

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