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The US navy struck two services in japanese Syria utilized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated teams, Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned Thursday.

“The precision self-defense strikes are a response to a collection of ongoing and principally unsuccessful assaults in opposition to US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia teams that started on October 17,” he mentioned in an announcement.

One US citizen contractor died from a cardiac incident throughout the assaults, and 21 US navy personnel suffered “minor accidents, however all have since returned to obligation,” Austin added.

The strikes in Syria observe a direct warning earlier Thursday from President Joe Biden to Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in opposition to the strikes on US troops, the White Home mentioned on Thursday.

“There was a direct message relayed. That’s so far as I’m going to go,” US Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby instructed reporters, declining to say the way it was delivered.

In his assertion, Austin sought to distance the strikes in opposition to services utilized by the IRGC in Syria from the continuing battle between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

“These narrowly tailor-made strikes in self-defense have been meant solely to guard and defend US personnel in Iraq and Syria,” he mentioned.

“They’re separate and distinct from the continuing battle between Israel and Hamas, and don’t represent a shift in our strategy to the Israel-Hamas battle,” he added.