US soldiers injured in Syria rocket attacks — Analysis
US forces responded to the attack with a helicopter strike that killed several militants who were allegedly Iran-backed.
The US Central Command stated Wednesday that three American soldiers sustained minor injuries during two rocket strikes on US military installations in northeastern Syria.
CENTCOM published a press release on its website stating that rocket strikes started on Wednesday afternoon. Shells were seen landing within the confines of Mission Support Site Conoco, northeast Syria. Conoco saw one soldier who sustained a minor injury but was able to return to service. The condition of two other soldiers is still being evaluated.
CENTCOM stated that US forces responded to the Iranian attack by using Apache helicopters. They also took out three other vehicles and equipment. Two or three militants from Iran were killed.
“We are closely monitoring the situation,” Army General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, CENTCOM’s commander, was quoted as saying in the release. “We have a total spectrum of capability to mitigate threats across the region, and we have every confidence in our ability to protect our troops and coalition partners from attacks.”
While there has been no official confirmation as to who was responsible for the attacks, the US had launched a separate series of airstrikes in Syria earlier on Wednesday, targeting what it said was infrastructure used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that the attackers killed at least six Syrian or foreing militants, while Deir Ezzor 24 reports that ten were injured.
CENTCOM claims that the US is a threat to its sovereignty. “does not seek conflict with Iran,”But promised to get the “measures necessary to protect and defend” US servicemen.
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