U.S. airstrikes hit Iran-backed militia infrastructure in Syria, U.S. says

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The United States carried out airstrikes in japanese Syria Tuesday focusing on services utilized by Iranian-backed militias, a U.S. navy spokesman mentioned.

The strikes in oil-rich Deir Ezzor province “targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” U.S. Central Command (Centcom) spokesman Colonel Joe Buccino mentioned in an announcement.

Buccino mentioned the “precision strikes are intended to defend and protect U.S. forces from attacks like the ones on August 15 against U.S. personnel by Iran-backed groups,” when a variety of drones focused an outpost of U.S.-led anti-jihadist forces with out inflicting any casualties.

Tuesday’s strikes hit 9 bunkers in a fancy used for ammunition storage and logistics, the colonel advised CNN individually.

The U.S. navy had initially supposed to hit 11 of 13 bunkers in the advanced however known as off strikes on two after teams of individuals had been seen close to them, he mentioned, including that an preliminary evaluation indicated nobody had been killed.

U.S. forces “took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties,” the colonel mentioned in the Centcom assertion.

Hundreds of American troops are deployed in Syria’s northeast as a part of a coalition centered on preventing ISIS remnants.

There was no fast phrase of the U.S. strikes from Syrian state media.

The assault got here the identical day that Iranian state media mentioned a Revolutionary Guard basic “who was on a mission in Syria as a military adviser” had been killed Sunday.

The experiences did not say how the final was killed, solely describing him as a “defender of the sanctuary,” a time period used for individuals who work on behalf of Iran in Syria or Iraq.

Iran says it has deployed its forces in Syria on the invitation of Damascus and solely as advisers.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is the ideological arm of the Iranian navy and is blacklisted as a terrorist group by the U.S. 

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