The US has approved plans for a series of strikes on Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq.

US officials have announced plans for potential strikes on Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq, following a drone attack that killed three US soldiers in Jordan. The US is blaming an Iranian-backed militia group, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, for the attack. The strikes are expected to take place over several days, with weather conditions likely dictating launch times.

Iran-backed groups have increased attacks on US and Israeli-linked entities since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. Houthis in Yemen have attacked ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, prompting US and allies strikes. Iran has withdrawn senior officials from Syria to avoid further conflict. US officials are concerned about Iranian proxy groups’ actions, which have launched over 160 attacks on US forces since October.