USA attacks Syria in response to Iranian-backed militia aggressions

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.09 - 2023 2:37 PM CET

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The U.S. military has conducted an airstrike targeting a weapons warehouse in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed militias, according to YahooNews.

This action, as announced by the Pentagon, comes in response to a series of attacks on U.S. troop bases in the region over the past several weeks.

Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets were involved in the strike near Maysulun in Deir el-Zour, specifically targeting a facility known to be used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that this measure was taken to defend U.S. personnel, interests, and to demonstrate the nation's commitment to self-defense.

The strike was carefully timed to minimize casualties, with surveillance indicating a reduced number of people at the warehouse overnight.

Secondary explosions following the strike suggested the presence of weapons, but U.S. officials believe no civilians were killed.

This operation is part of a broader strategy to disrupt the capabilities of groups responsible for attacking U.S. forces.

The precision of the strike was intended to avoid escalating conflicts in the region. A deconfliction line with Russian forces in Syria was utilized to inform them of the attack.

The strike marks the second such action by the U.S. in less than two weeks, targeting facilities used by militant groups operating under the Islamic Resistance in Iraq.

These groups have been linked to at least 40 attacks since mid-October.

The U.S. continues to balance its response to Iranian-backed groups while working to prevent a wider regional conflict.

This includes bolstering defenses in the Middle East, with increased deployments of air defense systems and troops, and an expanded naval presence in the region. The Pentagon acknowledges that while these strikes aim to deter further attacks, they have not yet had the desired effect.

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