US forces in Syria yesterday intercepted two drones that were targeting bases near the Iraq border, Pentagon officials have confirmed. The strike
The strikes were against the al-Tanf airbase near Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan.
They were the fifth attempted strike against US troops in the Middle East in two days: on Tuesday, troops intercepted three individual drones in Iraq.
Two were headed for the al-Asad airbase and one targeted the Conoco base in the countryside of the northern Deir al-Zor region.
Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iran-backed group, has claimed credit for the attempted strike against the Conoco base.
According to anonymous sources cited by The Associated Press, troops were able to fend off two of the drones but only damage the third, leading to some injuries.
The extent of those injuries remains unclear.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the attack took place on Wednesday against U.S. forces at Al-Tanf base, near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan
The strikes come amid increased tension in the Middle East over the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, which many now view as a conflict between the West and the Arab world.
President Biden has been steadfast in his support of Israel since Hamas attacked on October 7, supplying military aid and flying to the region in a show of strong alliance.
His visit and ongoing support of Israel whipped up anti-American protesters in Lebanon, where crowds laid siege to the US Embassy in Beirut yesterday.
The State Department has now issued a rare worldwide caution travel advisory for Americans traveling overseas, citing the potential for terror attacks and ‘increased tensions’ as reason to be on high alert.