White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Sunday that US President Joe Biden is committed to keep US troops in Syria in the wake of Iranian-backed attacks and to fight back Islamic State (ISIS).
The mission against ISIS will not change, as the group is still viable and critical, he told Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Kirby said Biden acted “swiftly and boldly,” saying additional US action has not been ruled out.
On March 23, an Iranian drone targeted a US base in northern Syria, killing a US contractor and injuring a number of soldiers.
On March 25, the US forces and Iranian militias present in Deir ez-Zor in government-held areas, eastern Syria, exchanged missile strikes, and 13 members of the Iranian militias were killed and wounded.
“I’m certainly not going to rule out the potential for additional U.S. action if the president deems it appropriate and necessary to continue to protect our troops and our facilities,” Kirby said.
“We’re going to keep at that and that message is sent loud and clear,” he added.