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Iran-backed militias fire multiple rockets at US forces in Syria

US officials said on Monday (June 28, local time), US forces in Syria came under multiple rocket attacks. The attack came after US air strikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq.

According to Fox News, Colonel Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the US Operation Inherent Resolve force, said that there are currently no reports of casualties and they are assessing damage in and around the US military base at Deir Ezzour, eastern Syria.

Deir Ezzour said the US military also responded by shelling rocket launch sites.

According to The Jerusalem Post, rocket attacks on US military bases in Syria occurred before 7:45 pm on June 28 (local time). Iran-backed militias have claimed they fired rockets at the US base in response to earlier US air strikes.

According to Reuters, on Sunday (June 27), the United States said it had carried out an air strike on Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria in response to US drone strikes. this militia to American personnel and facilities in Iraq.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said: “At the direction of President Biden, US military forces in the early hours of this evening conducted precision defensive strikes against facilities used used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.

“Targets were chosen because these facilities are used by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in drone (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities. in Iraq.”

Specifically, the United States targeted weapons operations and storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one site in Iraq, both of which are located near the borders between those countries. . Several Iranian-backed militia groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS), have used these facilities.”

Mr. Kirby went on to say that the attacks were meant to protect US personnel, facilities and “interests” in the region.

“As demonstrated by the airstrikes tonight, President Biden has made it clear that he will act to protect American personnel. In light of the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups against US interests in Iraq, the President has directed military action to prevent such attacks.

We are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq with the sole purpose of assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat ISIS. The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action to limit the risk of escalation and to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.”

U.S. officials believe Iran is behind a series of periodic drone and missile attacks on American personnel and facilities in Iraq, where the U.S. military is helping Baghdad fight the destruction. remnants of the Islamic State.

Two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Iran-backed militias have carried out at least five drone strikes on facilities used by the US and coalition forces in Iraq since April. .
Officials said the US military had carried out air strikes using F-15s and F-16s, adding that the pilots had returned to duty safely.

This is the second time Biden has ordered a retaliatory strike against Iran-backed militias since coming to power five months ago. Biden last ordered air strikes in Syria in February, when it was in response to missile attacks in Iraq.

The Iraqi military condemned the US airstrikes as “a flagrant and unprecedented violation of Iraqi sovereignty and national security”.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh accused Washington of causing instability in the region.

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