“Thank God, no one was killed by the rocket, but one individual, a contractor, died of a heart attack,” President Biden said of the incident. “But we’re identifying who’s responsible and we’ll make judgments.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested that last week’s Syria airstrikes could be a “model” for a possible response. “If we assess that further response is warranted, we will take action, again, in a manner and time of our choosing. And we reserve that option,” she said.
President Biden ordered the bombing in eastern Syria last Thursday over other rocket attacks on US facilities in Iraq that took place in February. The Syria strike targeted Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a group of Shia state-sponsored militias that was formed in 2014 to fight ISIS.
The US specifically targeted Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, two Shia militias under the PMF banner. The Biden administration never presented evidence to show that either group was responsible for the attacks on US bases, and Kataib Hezbollah denied any role.