US service members in Syria were attacked with rockets on Monday following US airstrikes against Iran-backed militias, the senior spokesman for the US military in Iraq and Syria tweeted.
None of the US soldiers were injured and damage to the base is still being assessed, tweeted Army Col. Wayne Marotto. “US troops responded with artillery,” Marotto told Task & Purpose.
At 7:44 p.m. local time, US troops in Syria “came under multiple rocket attacks,” Marotto tweeted. He did not specify where the attack took place or how many rockets were fired.
Nafiseh Kohnavarda BBC World Service correspondent, was the first to report on Monday that Iran-backed groups claimed eight rockets were fired at a US military base near the Omar oilfield in Deir Ezzor, Syria.
She also tweeted a video shared by Iranians that allegedly shows the rockets being launched at the US base.
Monday’s attack came a day after the US military launched what the Pentagon called “defensive airstrikes” against targets in Iraq and Syria in response to drone attacks on US forces in Iraq. The strikes targeted three operational and weapons storage facilities – two in Syria, one in Iraq – which are used by Iran-backed groups including Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
“The United States has taken necessary, appropriate, and deliberate steps aimed at limiting the risk of escalation – but also sending a clear and unambiguous deterrent message,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. statement issued before the latest attack on US forces.