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3 US servicemen injured in Iran-backed rocket attacks in Syria


US forces responded to the strikes using attack helicopters, the statement said. The response destroyed three vehicles and equipment used to launch some of the rockets, and initial assessments indicate that two or three suspected militants were killed.

The latest attacks come after US forces carried out precision airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, overnight, targeting infrastructure used by groups affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The strikes were in retaliation for recent attacks by Iran-backed groups on US personnel in Syria, including one on August 15, and were intended to send a message to Tehran that the United States will fight back, officials said.

“We will not tolerate attacks by Iranian-backed forces against our forces anywhere in the world, including in Syria, and we will not hesitate to protect ourselves and take additional measures if necessary,” he said. said Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy.

The U.S. military had spotted 11 bunker targets at the site, Kahl said, but ended up targeting just nine because shortly before the strike there was new evidence there might be individuals. near the bunker. Forces held back from hitting those targets “out of an excess” of caution to avoid casualties, he said.

The IRGC is responsible and leading the attacks, a senior defense official said.

The attacks come as the United States continues negotiations with Tehran to agree a new nuclear deal to replace the 2015 deal that former President Donald Trump withdrew from while in office.

The strikes underscore that the United States will not hesitate to defend itself when attacked, Kahl said, and it is unrelated to ongoing negotiations.


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