Biden: US does not seek Conflict with Iran but will respond "Forcefully" to protect its Personnel

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has said that the US does not seek conflict with Iran but will respond "forcefully" to protect its personnel, a day after a US contractor was killed and six Americans were injured in an attack blamed on groups affiliated with Iran in Syria.

Biden visited the neighboring nation of Canada this week where the US President and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the progress made under the February 2021 Roadmap for a Renewed US-Canada Partnership. "And to make no mistake: The United States does not -- does not, I emphasize -- seek conflict with Iran, but be prepared for us to act forcefully to protect our people," Biden said while addressing the media in a joint statement with the Canadian President Justin Trudeau on Friday (local time).

Before beginning his address, President Biden said that his national security team was on the way over there about the attack in Syria on Thursday.

"An Iranian-backed militant group used an unmanned aerial vehicle to strike one of the US facilities, causing several American casualties. One of our citizens tragically died in that attack," Biden said.

He further added that US had ordered an immediate response. And the US military forces carried out a series of airstrikes in Syria on Thursday night targeting those responsible for attacking the US personnel.

"My heart and deepest condolences go out to the family of the American we lost, and we wish a speedy recovery for those who are wounded," he added.

"I'm also grateful for the professionalism of our service members who so ably carried out this response,"

He further said that the US is going to continue to keep up its efforts to counter terrorist threats in...

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