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US confirms strikes on ‘Iran-backed groups’ — Analysis

The Pentagon said it bombed militants linked to Tehran in order to ‘protect US forces’ in Syria

Multiple airstrikes have been launched by the US on eastern Syria targets. They claim they struck Iranian-backed fighters’ sites, while suggesting that Iran may be behind an attack on an American military base this month.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM), which announced the operation on Tuesday night, stated that US forces had carried out unspecified numbers of operations. “precision airstrikes”Deir ez-Zor in Syria, earlier in the morning

“The US strikes targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,”The command added “These precision strikes are intended to defend and protect US forces from attacks like the ones on August 15 against US personnel by Iran-backed groups.”

However, the statement didn’t identify the target of the strike nor give an estimate for the casualties.

Multiple unidentified drones attacked the US military outpost at al-Tanf in August 15. This was cited by CENTCOM. It is located far south of Syria, close to border areas with Jordan and Iraq. While there weren’t any casualties from the drone attack, an American commander said that it did result in some injuries. “put the lives of innocent Syrian civilians at risk.”Before suggesting “Iran-backed groups”Washington has not placed blame on anyone for Tuesday’s drone attack.

CENTCOM confirmed that US forces are still in Syria, but CENTCOM did not confirm this. “ensure the enduring defeat”Islamic State (formerly ISIS), and they do not “seek conflict,”Syria’s government repeatedly deplored the American presence in the country and demanded its withdrawal. In addition to the base in al-Tanf, Americans have long embedded with Kurdish fighters based in Syria’s northeast, first deployed as advisers under President Barack Obama.

At Tuesday night, Tehran and Damascus had not yet responded to US’s latest operation.

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