Since the US launched a major retaliatory offensive on Friday, Iranian-backed militants have attacked US forces in Iraq and Syria three times, killing six aid troops at one of their bases, according to reports.
The U.S. on Friday linked Iran's military command, which oversees Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria and Tehran's proxy operations, in response to the Jan. 28 suicide drone attack that caused the first U.S. death since the escalation of attacks. 85 targets were attacked.US-backed forces confirmed on Sunday that six Kurdish fighters were killed in an attack on Syria's al-Omar oil field, Reuters report.
An unmanned aircraft loaded with explosives crashed into a training school on a US military base, resulting in the “martyrdom of six of our special forces fighters,” said Farhad Shami, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). he said in a social media post. Reuters reported. (Related: US destroys Houthi drones, operational sites and anti-ship missiles in busy 24 hours)
Iraq's Islamic Resistance Movement, the umbrella organization said to be responsible for the deadly attack on U.S. troops, claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday.
Iranian proxies have attacked U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria and Jordan 169 times since October 17, Department of Defense (DOD) officials told Politico on Monday. report. One attack occurred in Syria's mission support center Euphrates on February 3, but no damage or injuries were reported.
Sunday's attack caused significant damage to infrastructure, officials said, according to Politico.
Iranian-backed militants also fired a rocket at the MSS Euphrates on Monday, but caused no damage.
The Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its affiliated militias continue to pose a direct threat to Iraq, regional stability, and the safety of the American people. We will continue to take action and do whatever it takes to protect our people. pic.twitter.com/Y53nvRfjjx
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) February 3, 2024
US fighter jets, including long-range B-1 bombers from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, carried out a major attack on Friday against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its proxy fighters.Forces targeting U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) command and control posts, intelligence centers, rocket, missile, and drone storage areas, and logistics and munitions facilities. Said.
According to Reuters, the strike killed an estimated 40 people, mostly militants.
The Biden administration has promised a wave of future attacks.
“Our response began today. It will continue at a time and place of our choosing,” President Joe Biden said in a statement Friday.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is still assessing damage and casualties from the battle, but Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims, who heads the Joint Chiefs of Staff Operations Directorate, said the military understands that casualties are likely. He added that
Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most prominent members of the Islamic resistance group, has pledged to halt military and security operations targeting U.S. forces amid growing rumors of widespread U.S. retaliation. October, Kataib Hizobra blackmailed If the US intervenes militarily to support Israel, it will attack US military bases with missiles, special forces and drones, Reuters report.
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