The US military says it has conducted multiple “precision” airstrikes against targets in eastern Syria in response to the drone strike that killed a US contractor on Thursday.
The Pentagon said a contractor was killed Thursday in a one-way strike drone strike at a coalition base in northeastern Syria, which intelligence agencies assessed was of “Iranian origin.”
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that the US retaliated on Thursday with a “proportional and deliberate” precision strike in Syria against facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. rice field.
“The airstrikes were conducted in response to today’s attacks and a series of recent attacks against coalition forces in Syria by groups affiliated with the IRGC,” Austin said.
“No group will attack our troops indiscriminately,” he added.
The drone struck a maintenance facility at a base in Al-Hasakah, Syria, at 1:38 p.m. local time, the Pentagon said.
Six Americans were wounded in the attack, including five US military personnel. Two of his wounded servicemen were treated at the scene, while three others of him and a US contractor were medically evacuated to a coalition medical facility in Iraq, according to a US military statement.
The United States has deployed about 900 troops to eastern Syria to help Syrian Kurdish forces stop the resurgence of IS terrorist groups.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, the U.S. chief military officer and commander of U.S. Central Command, who oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, said at a separate hearing on Thursday that Iran will warned lawmakers that it continued to destabilize the Support for terrorist groups and proxies.
Iranian agents have used drones and rockets to attack US forces in Iraq and Syria 78 times since January 2021, according to CENTCOM commander General Eric Kurilla.
“This was just another in a series of attacks against our military and partner forces,” Kurilla said late Thursday.
“We will always take all necessary steps to protect our people and will always respond when and where we choose. We have scalable options in place should we face further Iranian attacks,” he said. added.
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