Senators say retaliatory strikes are only ‘first step’ in Jordan attack response

Lawmakers’ initial responses to President Joe Biden ordering retaliatory strikes against dozens of targets in Iraq and Syria are falling along party lines.

Republicans largely criticized the attacks as insufficient and late, while Democrats who spoke out expressed support for the commander in chief’s military moves. What members on both sides agreed upon was that the response was only in the beginning stages. 

The United States began carrying out strikes against more than 85 targets at seven facilities, three in Iraq and four in Syria, using more than 125 precision munitions. The assault came in response to last weekend’s strike on a U.S. military post in Jordan that left three U.S. troops and more than 40 others injured. The U.S. has accused the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, of
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