10 things you need to know today: October 27, 2023

US airstrikes hit Iran-linked sites in Syria, Georgia ordered to redraw election maps that weakened Black voters' power, and more

President Biden, Australia's Anthony Albanese
President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
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1. US strikes Iran-linked sites in Syria

President Biden ordered airstrikes on two Syrian sites linked to Iran in retaliation for a string of attacks against U.S. military personnel in Syria and neighboring Iraq, the Pentagon said Thursday. Two F-16 fighter jets dropped precision munitions on an ammunition depot and a weapons storage facility linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and "affiliated groups." The strikes came after nearly 20 attacks on U.S. forces since Oct. 17 that left 21 U.S. service members with minor injuries and fueled concerns the war between Israel and Iran-backed Hamas could expand. "The United States does not seek conflict," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, "but these Iranian-backed attacks against U.S. forces are unacceptable and must stop." The Washington Post 

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.