After an American was killed in a drone attack, the Pentagon targets militias loyal to Iran in Syria


The Pentagon said that the US military carried out several air strikes yesterday evening, Thursday, in Syria, targeting groups allied with Iran, which the United States accuses of carrying out a drone attack that killed an American contractor and wounded 5 American soldiers.

It added that the strikes came in response to an attack targeting a US-led coalition base near Hasakah in northeastern Syria at around 1:38 pm (10:38 GMT) on Thursday.

The military said US intelligence estimates indicated that the drone was of Iranian origin.

“I authorized US Central Command forces to launch precision air strikes tonight in eastern Syria against facilities used by groups affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard,” the statement quoted US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as saying.

He explained that the air strikes came in response to Thursday’s attack and a series of recent attacks against coalition forces in Syria by groups affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards.

And last August, US President Joe Biden ordered similar retaliatory strikes in the oil-rich Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, after drones targeted a site for the coalition forces without causing any injuries.

Hundreds of American soldiers are deployed in Syria as part of a coalition fighting the remnants of the Islamic State, and they are often targeted by attacks by armed groups affiliated with the organization or loyal to Iran.


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