US conducts airstrikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria, retaliating for attacks on US troops

by Chloe Baker

The United States military has carried out airstrikes on Iranian-backed groups in eastern Syria. These operations targeted a training facility and a weapons depot, as confirmed by the Pentagon and U.S. officials. This action marks the third U.S. response in slightly over two weeks to increasing assaults on American troop bases in Iraq and Syria.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the airstrikes were aimed at locations near Abukama and Mayadin, utilized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and allied militias. Austin emphasized that protecting U.S. personnel is a top priority for the President, and the strikes were a direct message that the U.S. will protect its people and interests.

An anonymous U.S. official revealed that one of the targeted sites was also used for weapons storage. This information was shared under anonymity due to the nature of military operations.

The militant groups, primarily under the Islamic Resistance in Iraq’s banner, have executed close to 50 attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria since October 17. This surge in violence coincided with a major explosion at a Gaza hospital on the same day, resulting in numerous casualties and sparking protests across several Muslim countries. The Israeli military has been aggressively responding in Gaza following a significant attack by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7. Various groups have declared intentions to retaliate against the U.S. for its support of Israel in the conflict with Hamas.

The Pentagon reports that approximately 56 U.S. personnel have sustained injuries in the attacks in Syria and Iraq, though all have resumed duty. The injuries ranged from traumatic brain injuries to other minor wounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Airstrikes

What prompted the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes in Syria?

The U.S. military conducted airstrikes in Syria in response to a growing number of attacks on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed groups.

Where were the airstrikes carried out in Syria?

The airstrikes targeted two locations in eastern Syria, specifically near Abukama and Mayadin. These sites were known to be used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iran-backed militias.

What was the purpose of these airstrikes?

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the airstrikes were conducted to make it clear that the United States will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests. The primary objective was to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel.

How many attacks had been carried out on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria prior to these airstrikes?

The militant groups, operating under the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, had carried out nearly 50 attacks on bases housing U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria since October 17.

What injuries have U.S. personnel suffered in these attacks?

According to the Pentagon, approximately 56 U.S. personnel have been injured in the attacks in Syria and Iraq. These injuries include traumatic brain injuries and other minor wounds. All injured personnel have returned to duty.

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SeriousSam November 13, 2023 - 7:42 am

U.S. go military mode in Syria again, 3rd time in 2 weeks. Things gettin’ hectic.

JohnDoe88 November 13, 2023 - 6:32 pm

airstrikez in syria cuz of attax on US troops, crazee stuff hapnin.


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