(CNN)President Joe Biden viewed precision airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups on the Iraq-Syria border region as “necessary, appropriate and a deliberate action,” press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, defending the administration’s legal justification for the strikes under Article II of the US Constitution.
On Sunday evening, Biden directed the strikes against facilities that were utilized by Iran-backed militias engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq, including operational and weapons storage facilities in Syria and Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.
The airstrikes come as the Biden administration is pursuing delicate negotiations with Tehran over a new nuclear deal. Psaki attempted to separate the issue, telling reporters: “We don’t see that on the same track.”
“We continue to believe, and have never held back from noting, that Iran is a bad actor in the region. At the same t
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