US hits rocket launching positions after Iran-backed militias attack base in Syria
American forces were attacked in Syria during a rocket attack, the US military said Monday, less than 24 hours after President Joe Biden ordered air strikes on Iran-backed militias along the Syrian-Iraqi border.
“Initial report: At approx. 7:44 PM local time, US Forces in Syria were attacked by multiple rockets,” Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve Col. Wayne Marotto said in a tweet.
No injuries were reported, Marotto said, adding that updates would be provided as they became available.
Initial report: At approx. 7:44 PM local time, U.S. Forces in Syria were attacked by multiple rockets. There are no injuries and damage is being assessed. We will provide updates when we have more information.— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) June 28, 2021
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Iran-backed militias launched a barrage of rockets at the US base in Syria’s Al-Mayadeen.
Marotto also said that US forces in Syria “conducted counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launching positions” in self-defense.
US troops, in partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), continue to work together to combat Daesh (ISIS). The US also has a base in Syria’s oil field.
Meanwhile, Syria’s state-run news agency (SANA) reported that 50 US trucks filled with “logistical support” had crossed into Syria from Iraq.
SANA also reported that the US base in Al-Omar had come under attack.