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US launches new ‘self-defense’ strike in Syria – Pentagon

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The latest bombing run has hit a facility used by “Iran-backed groups,” the US military claims

US President Joe Biden has ordered an airstrike against a weapons depot in Syria that is allegedly used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups, marking Washington’s latest response to drone and rocket attacks on its bases in the region.

Two US F-15 fighter jets carried out the latest airstrike on Wednesday in eastern Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement. It followed strikes in the same region on October 26 against the Iranian-backed militant groups that Washington has blamed for attacks on its bases.

US bases in Syria and Iraq have come under attack at least 38 times since October 17, reflecting rising tensions in the region amid the Israel-Hamas war. Tehran has repeatedly warned that various regional forces won’t sit idle and and that “new fronts” will be opened, if Washington continues to support Israel in its bombing of Gaza.

At least 45 US troops have been injured in the drone and rocket attacks. An October 18 attack on the al-Asad air base in Iraq led to the death of a US contractor who died while sheltering in place.

“The United States is fully prepared to take further necessary measures to protect our people and our facilities,” the Pentagon said. “We urge against any escalation.”