United States(US) Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that, on the instructions of President Biden, airstrikes were carried out on 2 facilities used by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and affiliated groups in eastern Syria.
Early on Friday, the United States conducted two airstrikes on facilities utilized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its affiliated groups in eastern Syria. These strikes were launched in response to a series of recent rocket and drone attacks against American forces in Iraq and Syria.
In the vicinity, two Air Force F-16 strike aircraft carried out precision-guided bombings on a weapons storage facility and an ammunition storage facility near Abu Kamal, Syria. Even though there were no instances of rockets or drones being launched from these facilities, officials stated that the munitions stored there were employed in recent attacks against US forces.
Pentagon authorities reported that there were individuals present at the location during the daytime on Thursday, but it remained uncertain whether any Iranian or militia personnel suffered injuries or casualties in the airstrikes.
“These precision self-defense strikes are a response to a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups,” Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said in a statement.
“The United States does not seek conflict and has no intention nor desire to engage in further hostilities, but these Iranian-backed attacks against US forces are unacceptable and must stop,” Mr. Austin said.
“These narrowly tailored strikes in self-defense were intended solely to protect and defend US personnel in Iraq and Syria. If attacks by Iran’s proxies against U.S. forces continue, we will not hesitate to take further necessary measures to protect our people,” he added.
For the last 4 days in Syria, the US military bases in the Tenef region, Malikiyye district near the Iraqi border, Sheddadi district in Hasakah province, and Deir ez-Zor province have been attacked by armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and surface-to-surface weapons of unknown origin.
Iran-backed groups occasionally attack the US bases on the east bank of the Euphrates River with surface-to-surface weapons and UCAVs.
The Department of Defense had earlier reported that 21 service members sustained minor injuries during the attacks on October 17 and 18 at Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq and the al-Tanf garrison in southern Syria. These individuals, after receiving treatment, quickly resumed their duties.
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