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US warplanes carry out airstrike in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr, bomb military infrastructure

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file picture provided by the US Air Force, an F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to launch air strikes against targets in Syria. (Photo by AP)

American warplanes have conducted an airstrike in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, only a few days after the US military used dozens of tanker trucks to smuggle crude oil from the neighboring province of Hasakah to bases in Iraq.

The US military's Central Command said in a statement on Tuesday that the aerial assault was aimed at what it called protecting US forces from attacks, and targeted military infrastructure facilities run by Syrian government forces and their allies.

It cited one such incident on August 15, when armed unmanned aerial vehicles struck the vicinity of al-Tanf base in southeastern Syria near the borders with Jordan and Iraq, where American occupation troops and the US-backed and so-called Maghawir al-Thawra terrorists are stationed.

The statement about Tuesday's US strike did not mention whether there were any casualties.

On June 26, the US military said in a statement it targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq.

It did not say whether there were any casualties, but the Britain-based and so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least five people were killed and several others wounded.

Syria’s official SANA news agency said one child had been killed and at least three other people were wounded.

Earlier this year, at least 13 people, including six children, were killed during a raid carried out by United States special operations forces in Syria’s northern province of Idlib.

The February 3 raid targeted a building in Atmeh, a densely populated town in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border.

The US military has stationed forces and equipment in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.

Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country's rich mineral resources.

Former US president Donald Trump admitted on more than one occasion that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil.

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