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US forces attacked 4 more times in Middle East, report says

The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. (Dreamstime/TNS)
November 14, 2023

United States forces in the Middle East have reportedly been attacked four more times since Sunday by Iran-backed terrorist organizations after the U.S. military conducted air strikes Sunday on locations linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

According to Stars and Stripes, an unnamed military official explained that the four latest strikes against U.S. forces in the Middle East increase the number of attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria to over 50 within the past month, as the United States attempts to navigate the increasing tension in the region.

Iran-backed terrorist organizations have launched dozens of attacks against U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria since Oct. 17, following the surprise attacks of Hamas terrorists against Israel in early October.

“Most of these attacks were successfully disrupted by our military,” a U.S. military official told Stars and Stripes. “Most failed to reach their targets, thanks to our robust defenses. Between Oct. 17 and [today], U.S. and coalition forces have been attacked at least 52 times.”

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The anonymous U.S. official noted that 28 attacks have been carried out by terrorist organizations against U.S. forces in Syria, while 24 attacks have been conducted against the U.S. in Iraq. The 52 attacks have been executed with a mixture of “one-way attack drones and rockets.”

The official said 28 attacks occurred in Syria and 24 in Iraq, and the groups used a “mix of one-way attack drones and rockets.”

According to the military official, the latest strike against U.S. forces came Monday at the Rumalyn Landing Zone, which is located in northeastern Syria.

“One [enemy] drone was shot down. The other impacted [the landing zone],” the official stated. “No casualties and minor damage to [four tents].”

The three other strikes that occurred between Sunday and Monday targeted Mission Support Site Green Village, Mission Support Site Euphrates, and U.S. bases at al-Shaddadi.

A U.S. official also told CNN that multi-rocket attacks were launched Sunday night against U.S. troops at Mission Support site Euphrates, while two one-way drone attacks were conducted against U.S. troops at Mission Support Site Green Village and al-Shaddadi.

Both of the attack drones were reportedly shot down before reaching the intended targets, and the U.S. military did not report any casualties from the attacks. Stars and Stripes reported that 56 U.S. personnel have been injured over the past month as a result of the attacks; however, the military has noted that the attacks have not yet caused any serious injuries.

On Sunday, the U.S. military executed strikes on sites used by Iran-backed organizations in response to the continued attacks against U.S. forces in the Middle East.

“U.S. military forces conducted precision strikes today on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran-affiliated groups in response to continued attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement Sunday. “The strikes were conducted against a training facility and a safe house near the cities of Abu Kamal and Mayadin, respectively.”

Austin added that President Joe Biden authorized Sunday’s attacks in order to “make clear” that the United States is willing to “defend itself, its personnel, and its interests.”