The U.S. military said it carried out airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria on Tuesday, but did not offer any casualty numbers.
The U.S. launched airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria in response to an attack on the al-Tanf Garrison used by U.S. forces on August 15th in the energy-rich Homs province.
The “precision strikes” in the oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province, near Syria‘s border with Iraq, “targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” according to Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for the U.S. Central Command.
“Today’s strikes were necessary to protect and defend U.S. personnel,” Buccino said in a statement. “The United States took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties.”
Since 2014, the U.S. has led a coalition of countries conducting strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. The United States has also launched strikes against the Syrian government’s forces and allies.
Neither Syria or Iran has commented on the strikes thus far.
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