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Base housing US occupation troops, allied militants comes under drone attack in SE Syria

In this file picture, US Green Berets conduct a medical evacuation exercise during a patrol within the 55km de-confliction zone in the al-Tanf region of southeastern Syria on May 27, 2020. (Photo via social media)

A military base in southeastern Syria near the border with Jordan and Iraq, where US occupation troops and their allied militants are stationed, has come under attack by armed unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of anti-terror fighters, in a statement claimed responsibility for the Wednesday strike.

It noted that the al-Tanf base in Syria’s Homs province was targeted by two drones, and the designated targets were precisely struck and destroyed.

There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units, also reported the incident.

The strike comes amid rising anti-US sentiment over Washington’s firm support for the Israeli onslaught against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has killed at least 8,796 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured more than 23,000 others.

On Tuesday, two rockets struck the US military installation at the Conoco gas field in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Another explosion ripped through the al-Omar oil field in the same Syrian province shortly afterwards, as several rockets hit the vicinity of the US base set up in the energy-rich region.

A total of 21 US service members reported “minor injuries” as a result of drone and rocket attacks on American military bases in Iraq and Syria last week, according to the Pentagon.

“Between October 17 and 18, 21 US personnel received minor injuries due to drone attacks at al-Asad Airbase, Iraq, and al-Tanf Garrison, Syria,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said. “All members returned to duty.”

A senior defense official told reporters on Monday that the total number of drone attacks on bases in Iraq and Syria housing US troops has increased to at least 23.

That amounts to at least 14 attacks in Iraq and at least nine attacks in Syria since October 17, according to the official.

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