DAMASCUS, BM, ($1=3,185 Syrian Pounds) – US troops stationed at a military base in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor have come under intense rocket attack. The information was confirmed by the Syrian state agency SANA and the spokesperson of Operation Inherent Resolve Col. Wayne Marotto of the US Army.
“U.S. Forces in Syria, while under multiple rocket attack, acted in self-defense and conducted counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launching positions,” Colonel Marotto said.
The attack took place in the area of the Omar oil field at 19:44 local time on June 28. Colonel Marotto confirms that American troops have returned fire.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls, that late Sunday evening (June 27th), the US Air Force in Iraq carried out “precision airstrikes” on Iranian-backed militias on the Iraqi-Syrian border.
The US Air Force has attacked military equipment used by pro-Iranian groups and militias. According to the US Department of Defense, US personnel and equipment were attacked from these areas by drones. According to the press release, two areas in Syria and one in Iraq have come under attack by the Americans. Both are in the border areas between the two countries.
The order for the airstrikes was given directly by US President Joe Biden. The groups Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) came under American targets. The Pentagon said in a statement that the United States would continue to carry out similar airstrikes until it was able to deter the group’s activities in the area. “As demonstrated by this evening’s strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel,” the statement said.
The Pentagon has said the U.S. Air Force’s actions are in line with international self-defense law, and that the United States is an officially invited country by the Iraqi government. “As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action under his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq,” the press release concluded.
Military analysts say the US strikes were the result of an attack on the city of Arbil just a day ago. The United States has a consulate in this city. The attack was carried out by drones armed with explosives. We remind you that since the beginning of 2021, there have been at least 40 attacks against American interests in the region, and these attacks include drone or missile attacks.
War in Syria
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, 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 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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