May 29, 2021
The Pentagon intends to ask President Joe Biden for approval to strike Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Iraq, two sources have told the Daily Caller on Thursday.
Since Biden took office several rocket and mortar attacks have taken place against military bases in Iraq hosting US and coalition forces. It is widely believed Iranian trained and supported militia groups have carried out these attacks.
Just on Monday, a rocket was fired at Ain al-Asad air base followed by the arrest of Qasim Muslih, a militia leader by the government, which has raised tensions. Muslih is thought to have been involved in several rocket attacks.
“The administration is looking hard at a broad range of responses to Shiite militia aggression against Americans in Iraq,” one source with knowledge of the situation told the Daily Caller.
The source added that since the killing of Iran’s Middle East operator Qasem Soleimani’s killing by the United States in January 2020, the Pentagon has been authorized to respond but each attack needs a separate green light from the White House.
The attacks by Iraqi militia have multiplied at a time when the Biden Administration has decided to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA, and is in talks with Iran for mutual steps toward that goal. It is not clear if the president will approve a strike against the Iraqi militias.