United States military launched airstrikes on Syria bases used by Iran-linked groups in eastern Syria early Friday. US fighter jets targeted two weapons and ammunition storage facilities in eastern Syria. According to US officials, these facilities were in use by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
US and coalition troops have attacked at least twelve times in Iraq and four times in Syria since the conflict started between Israel and HAMAS on Oct 7, 2023.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has confirmed that the U.S. president ordered the U.S. military to strike two facilities in eastern Syria. Pentagon says these two sites are used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated groups. Military analyst and retired U.S. Army Colonel Jack Jacobs told it while talking to MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.
Lloyd said the US airstrikes on Iran-linked sites in Syria are separate and distinct from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
He released a statement that these precision self-defense strikes are a response to a series of ongoing and unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria. And mostly unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups that began on Oct 17. Pentagon claims that a total of 21 US military personnel have suffered minor injuries.
The strikes launched at around 1:30 GMT near Abu Kamal which is a town on the border with Iraq. It is not clear whether any casualties happened from these newly launched airstrikes.
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