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Base housing US occupation troops in northeastern Syria comes under rocket attack

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, American occupation forces stand guard across a US Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) during a patrol in the countryside of the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, on April 20, 2022. (Photo by Getty Images)

A military facility occupied by US forces in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah has come under rockets attack from nearby areas amid public rage over presence of American occupation troops in energy-rich regions of Syria and US’s attempts to further loot natural resources there.

The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees American troops in the Middle East, said in a short statement that the rockets were launched at around 10:31 p.m. local time (1931 GMT) on Friday, and targeted the US patrol base in al-Shaddadi town.

It added that the projectiles failed to impact anything inside the base.

CENTCOM further said that US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) later visited the rocket launch site, and found an unfired rocket there.

Late on November 17, a military facility housing US occupation forces in Syria’s oil-producing eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr came under a rocket attack.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units – better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi – reported at the time that several rockets had struck the vicinity of the US-controlled al-Omar oil field.

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The Arabic-language Radio Souryana station also reported that several explosions were heard inside the US-run base, and attack helicopters flew overhead at a low altitude in the aftermath of the attack.

The US military has for long stationed its 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 the Daesh terrorists.

Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country’s natural resources. Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil wealth.


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