“This afternoon, at my direction, U.S. military forces struck targets at facilities in Iraq and Syria that the IRGC and affiliated militia use to attack U.S. forces,” Biden said.
The Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups, under an umbrella of Iranian-backed militants, claimed credit for the attack.
“While you feel that rage, don't be consumed by it,” the U.S. president said.
Video shot by a bystander outside showed a desperate effort to help those trapped inside, with one man trying to knock through a wall with an excavator.
"Most Americans don’t know how war can shatter a life and make it feel near impossible to find happiness again."
Biden lauded the sacrifice of generations of U.S. troops who died fighting for their country as he marked Memorial Day with a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
After 20 years, Dina Al Bayati remains scarred by the conflict that “everyone lost.”
The focus now shifts to the Republican-controlled House, where Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been noncommittal.
Despite thousands of lives and trillions of dollars lost, some Republicans argue that good things came out of the war and the invasion was ultimately worth it.
The push to repeal the 2002 Iraq War and 1991 Gulf War authorizations for military force have steadily gained bipartisan momentum in recent years.