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Three U.S. troops in Syria suffer minor injuries in rocket attacks launched by suspected Iran-backed militants

Three U.S. service members suffered minor injuries throughout coordinated attacks Wednesday by suspected Iranian-backed militants in northeast Syria, in line with a press release from the Pentagon. 

The militants had launched rockets concentrating on U.S. forces at two areas in Syria. At Mission Support Site Conoco, one U.S. service member was handled for a minor harm and has already returned to responsibility, whereas two others are present process analysis for minor injuries. 

The assault began round 7:20 p.m. native time in Syria when a number of rockets landed contained in the perimeter of the Conoco website adopted by extra rockets close to Mission Support Site Green Village. 

In response, the U.S. used assault helicopters to destroy three autos and gear used to launch a few of the attacks. Initial assessments urged two to 3 Iran-backed militants died throughout the U.S. counterattack, however on Thursday, U.S. Central Command stated 4 militants had been killed.

CENTCOM commander Michael Kurilla stated on Thursday in a press release that U.S. forces, responding to rocket attacks on Mission Support Sites Conoco and Green Village “struck at Iran-affiliated militants in the area with AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, AC-130 gunships, and M777 artillery, resulting in four enemy fighters killed and seven enemy rocket launchers destroyed.”

A day earlier, CENTCOM stated of the response that it “was proportional and deliberate. The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect and defend our people.” 

There are presently about 900 U.S. troops in Syria. 

The assault and the U.S. response come after the U.S. had launched airstrikes Tuesday in Syria destroying a number of ammunition and logistics bunkers used by militia teams backed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC.) 

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl advised reporters the U.S. strikes Tuesday had destroyed 9 bunkers used by militia teams affiliated with the IRGC. 

Tuesday’s airstrikes had been in half a response to an tried drone assault on U.S. forces in Syria on Aug. 15, which Kahl stated had been coordinated towards two U.S. services at one time.The drone components that had been collected afterwards had been traced on to Tehran. 

Kahl stated the priority was that the Aug. 15 assault “might be an indication that Iran intends to do more of this, and we wanted to disabuse them of any sense that that was a good idea.” 

He additionally stated that the strikes confirmed that the U.S. dedication to defending its forces towards Iranian-backed teams is unrelated to diplomatic efforts to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal. The U.S. on Wednesday responded to Iran’s feedback on the most recent draft of the deal and indicated that whereas a deal is nearer now than it was a few weeks in the past, not each hole has been bridged. 

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