Iran has fired two missiles at a US base in Syria – sources
DAMASCUS, ($1= 1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – The Syrian state news agency SANA says that on the evening of August 31, 2021, the US military base near the Conoco gas field in the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor was attacked by two missiles. Russian sources claim that the missiles were fired from Iranian territory.
“Local sources in Deir Ez-Zor told a SANA reporter that a US occupation base at the Conoco gas field in the eastern part of the village was aimed at two missiles. It has not been confirmed whether the attack caused injuries or death among the occupying forces,” SANA wrote.
According to sources quoted by SANA, the US military has taken immediate action to close the air and ground space around their base. BulgarianMilitary.com reminded you that in recent months this gas field and specifically this US military base have been attacked several times.
Russian sources claim that the two rockets fired came from Iran. According to them, at the same time, Israel was preparing to launch another airstrike on the Iranian-backed militias and groups in Syria. However, the closed airspace over the province of Deir Ez-Zor has thwarted another Israeli raid.
Interesting fact: a few hours before the missile attacks on the US base, a press release of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or IRGC warned that after Afghanistan, the United States should leave Syria as well.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use military power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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