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Social media reports the Iraqi Ministry of Defence has denied that it provided or exchanged any information with the Washington, D.C. ahead of a US military strike on Syrian militia targets that took place on Thursday.
- In the first military action taken by President Joe Biden, the US launched missile strikes on 'multiple facilities' controlled by Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.
- The strike comes in retaliation to a rocket attack on a Coalition base near the Iraqi city of Erbil in early February in which a member of US service personnel was injured.
- The Pentagon claimed yesterday's strike came after the US' coalition allies were given advance notice (a stark contrast to some military strikes under the Trump administration that sometimes came unbeknownst to US allies).
- Some backlash to the strike in the US, with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) who sits as Chair of the Armed Services Readiness subcommittee stating, "The American people deserve to hear the Administration's rationale for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress. Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances. Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously."