The US military announced that it had carried out a strike in Deir Ez-Zor in Syria, targeting military installations and infrastructure used by groups linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as reported Reuters.
Pro-Iranian groups are largely concentrated west of the Euphrates in Deir Ez-Zor province, where they source supplies from Iraq via the Al-Bukamal border crossing, the newswire explained.
U.S. Central Command Director of Communications Col. Joe Buccino said, “Under the direction of President Biden, U.S. military forces conducted precision airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor, Syria today. These precision strikes are intended to defend and protect US forces against attacks like those on August 15 against US personnel by Iran-backed groups. The US strikes targeted infrastructure used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
“The United States has taken proportionate and deliberate steps intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of losses.”
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No details were given regarding casualties and fatalities or whether the strike was carried out by manned or unmanned aircraft.
“The United States does not seek conflict but will continue to take the necessary steps to protect and defend our people,” the statement added, noting that “U.S. forces remain in Syria to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.” [Daesh].”
This is not the first time that US warplanes have struck Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. In June last year, the United States bombed operations command and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one in Iraq.
US forces were first deployed to Syria during former President Barack Obama’s administration’s campaign against Daesh, in partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). About 900 American soldiers are deployed in Syria, most of them in the east.