America is prepared to use force to protect its people, the US president has said
US President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. © Andrej Ivanov / AFP
US President Joe Biden has commented on airstrikes carried out by the US in Syria in response to a deadly drone attack on a coalition base, which Washington blamed on Iranian-linked militias. He warned Tehran that there will be retribution for incidents such as this.
“To make no mistake, the United States does not – does not, emphasize – seek conflict with Iran. But be prepared for us to act forcefully to protect our people. That’s exactly what happened last night,” Biden said at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Friday.
One US contractor was killed, and five American troops and a contractor were wounded after a kamikaze drone struck a US-led coalition base near the town of Hasakah in northeastern Syria around midday on Thursday, the Department of Defense said earlier, adding that the UAV was found to have been of Iranian origin.