US conducts additional strikes in eastern Syria against Iran-backed targets: Defense Secy
Sunday's strikes were the third in three weeks amidst a rise in attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the military conducted additional strikes on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Tehran-affiliated groups in response to continued attacks against American personnel in Iraq and Syria.
"The strikes were conducted (on Sunday) against a training facility and a safe house near the cities of Abu Kamal and Mayadin," Austin was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Department of Defense.
The Defense Secretary added that President Joe Biden "has no higher priority than the safety of US personnel, and he directed today's action to make clear that the US will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests".
Also Read: US strikes Iranian-backed militias in Syria
Sunday night's strikes marked the third time in three weeks amid a steady increase in the number of attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria amid the raging Israel-Hamas conflict.
On 8 November, the two US F-16 fighter jets carried out a "self-defense strike" against a weapons storage facility in eastern Syria used by the IRGC.
On 26 October, a US F-15 and two F-16s used precision-guided munitions to strike two facilities linked to Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria.
In total, there have been at least 46 attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria since 17 October, resulting in the injuries of a total of 56 troops have been injured.
Also Read: US strikes Iran-linked sites in Syria
Published: 13 Nov 2023, 12:49 PM