US leaves no injuries and kills in coordinated attack on US military base in Syria

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No US military injuries or deaths were recorded after the coordinated attack targeted a small remote US military base in Syria, ABC News reported citing two US officials. A US military outpost in al-Tanf in northern Syria was hit on Wednesday, October 20. The report says the US official said the coordinated attack “at a minimum” involved drones and “indirect fire,” which is a military term for mortar or rocket fire.

But, Iraqi security sources said the attack on the US military outpost included five drone bombs and was carried out from inside Syria. However, there is no indication yet who could be responsible for the attack. The report adds that similar drone attacks against US forces in Iraq have often been used by Iranian-backed militias, including Kataib Hezbollah.

It is relevant to note that drone attacks attributed to Iranian-backed militants also resulted in retaliatory American airstrikes in Iraq or Syria targeting the group’s facilities. Wednesday’s attack was carried out on the remote al-Tanf base, located along a crucial highway in southern Syria, on the border with Jordan. It appears to be surrounded by a 35-mile buffer zone to avoid potential conflicts with other government troops located nearby, including those from Russia and Syria.

The al-Tanf US base is just one northern Syria

In addition, the small US military base of al-Tanf is the only US installation located in Syria and not located in areas controlled by the Syrian Kurds. Most of the 1,000 American troops in Syria are based in the eastern regions. US troops continue to maintain their presence in the country as part of ongoing efforts to prevent Islamic State from regaining territory inside the territory.

Wednesday’s attack on the US base came after at least two IED explosions destroyed a military bus in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing 14 people and injuring at least 22. Syrian channel Sana TV called the explosion a “terrorist” attack and confirmed on Tuesday that two explosives were detonated in the Syrian army bus on the Hafez al-Assad bridge.

(IMAGE: AP)

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