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The Pentagon confirmed that the United States conducted two air strikes in Syria on Sunday, targeting Iran and its aligned groups. This action is a direct response to recent attacks against American forces in Syria and Iraq.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the strikes were focused on a training facility near Albu Kamal and a safe house near Mayadeen, ordered by President Joe Biden. Austin emphasized that these strikes underscore the United States’ commitment to defending its personnel and interests.
Local sources reported that one of the strikes hit a pro-Iranian militia camp west of Albu Kamal in Deir al Zor province, while the other targeted a location near a bridge in Mayadeen, a stronghold of pro-Iranian militias.
These strikes are part of ongoing US efforts to counter a series of drone and rocket attacks on American troops, which have intensified since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Iran and its allies hold the US partly responsible for supporting Israel against the Hamas, which Iran backs.
To date, the United States has experienced over 40 attacks on various US military outposts and troops in the region.