US military base in Syria targeted after airstrike hits Iran-backed group following deadly drone attack

A U.S. contractor was killed and five U.S. servicemen and another U.S. contractor were injured when Iranian drones attacked a coalition base in the same area on Friday, according to U.S. officials. A new missile strike was launched targeting a US military base in northeastern Syria. U.S. officials confirmed Friday a new attack targeting a U.S. military base in Syria’s southeast province of Del Zur, in which a “massive number of rockets” were fired, but U.S. casualties are unknown. said no.

Reports surfaced earlier that Friday’s missile salvo targeted a US military base near the al-Omar oil fields in northeastern Syria. Reuters and local media, including pro-Iranian outlets based in Lebanon, were the first to report the strike. Social media photos and reports suggest at least one missile missed its intended target and instead hit homes in the area.

The attack was directed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin statement The U.S. Central Command has retaliated for Thursday’s deadly drone strike with a “precision airstrike” against a facility in eastern Syria used by a group affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. It said it determined that the unmanned aerial vehicles used in

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US forces provide military training to Kurdish forces of the PKK group in Al-Hasakah province, Syria, Sept. 7, 2022.

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Two of the wounded US soldiers were treated at the scene, while the other three and the injured contractor were transferred to a medical facility in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

The opposition war watchdog, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Thursday that six Iran-backed fighters were killed in the Deir El-Zour armory in a US strike. The Observatory, which relies on a network of local contacts in Syria, said the US also bombed an outpost near the town of Mayadeen, killing another two fighters.

Another US strike hit a military post near the town of Boukamal on Thursday along the border with Iraq, the Observatory said. CBS News has not confirmed the reports.

“The airstrikes were conducted in response to today’s attacks and a series of recent attacks against coalition forces in Syria,” Austin said, adding that he authorized the retaliatory strikes at the direction of President Biden.

“As President Biden has made clear, we will take all necessary steps to protect our people and will always respond at a time and place of our choosing.” We will not attack our army innocently.”

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“The United States took balanced and prudent actions aimed at limiting the risk of escalation and minimizing casualties,” Austin said.

General Michael “Eric” Crilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, warned that U.S. forces could carry out additional strikes if necessary. Krilla said in his statement that he was “having scalable options in place for additional Iranian attacks.”

Kurilla, who testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, said Iran’s drone fleet had become “the largest and most capable unmanned aerial vehicle force in the region,” according to Reuters.

Last night, social media videos claimed to show explosions in Syria’s Deir el-Zour, a strategic province that borders Iraq and contains oil fields. and has seen Israeli airstrikes suspected of targeting Iranian supply routes in recent months.

The map shows the city of Hasakah in the northeastern corner of Syria. The Pentagon said a suspected Iranian drone killed an American contractor and injured five American service members and another American contractor on March 23, 2023. said the Pentagon.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, an Iranian paramilitary group that corresponds only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is suspected of conducting bomb-laden drone strikes across the Middle East. In recent months, Russia has begun using Iranian drones to attack sites across Ukraine. War in KyivIran has denied responsibility for these attacks, but Western countries and experts have linked drone components to Tehran.

The attack and US response threaten to undermine recent efforts in the region to de-escalate tensions, as Saudi Arabia and Iran have done. Toward the reopening of the embassy in each other’s country. The kingdom also acknowledged efforts to reopen its embassy in Syria, where President Bashar Assad has been backed by Iran in his country’s long war.

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Syria’s state news agency SANA did not immediately acknowledge the strike. The Syrian mission to the UN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.There was no immediate response from Iran to the strikes during Ramadan, the holy Islamic fasting month. Iran’s mission to the United Nations also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The US under President Biden has carried out multiple attacks in Syria, usually targeting groups associated with Iran. In his February and his June of 2021, and in August of 2022, he authorized attacks there.

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US forces entered Syria in 2015 to aid allied forces fight the ISIS terrorist groupBut the US still maintains a base near Hasakah in northeastern Syria, where Thursday’s drone strike took place. There are about 900 US troops in Syria and many more contractors.

Syria’s civil war, which began with the 2011 Arab Spring protests, has rocked the entire Middle East and overthrew governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. It later turned into a regional proxy dispute that saw Russia and Iran back Assad. The United Nations estimates that he killed more than 300,000 civilians in this war. These figures do not include soldiers or militants killed in the conflict. The number is believed to be in the tens of thousands. US military base in Syria targeted after airstrike hits Iran-backed group following deadly drone attack

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