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US military bases in Syria, Iraq targeted by explosive-laden drones

American occupation soldiers 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. (File photo by Getty Images)

Three military facilities occupied by US forces in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr and across Iraq have come under separate attacks by explosive-laden drones, the latest in a series of strikes on American forces in the two neighboring countries.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of anti-terror fighters, in a statement published on its Telegram channel claimed responsibility for the early Friday morning attack on US forces based at the al-Omar oil field in Dayr al-Zawr province.

There were no immediate reports about the extent of damage at the military facility, or possible casualties.

It noted that the base was targeted by a drone, linking the assault to the US support for Israel's bloody military campaign against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The brutal war, which the Tel Aviv regime has been waging against the besieged Palestinian enclave since October 7, has so far claimed the lives of at least 14,532 people, including 6,000 children and 4,000 women.

The regime launched the war after Gaza's resistance groups conducted Operation al-Aqsa Storm, their biggest operation against the occupying entity in years in response to increased Israeli violence against Palestinians. 

The United States, Israel’s biggest ally, has provided the regime with arms and ammunitions since the initiation of the Gaza war.

The US House of Representatives on November 2 passed a standalone $14.3-billion military assistance package for Israel. The legislation, however, is yet to clear the Senate. 

Washington has also vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that called on the occupying regime to cease its aggression.

Late on Thursday, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for a drone strike against Ain al-Asad Airbase in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, and another on a US-run military installation near the Erbil International Airport in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Earlier, Kadhim al-Fartousi, the spokesman for the Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada anti-terror resistance group, stated that the four-day truce between the Israeli military and Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, which is set to begin at 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Friday in Gaza, will not extend to Iraqi resistance groups.

US Defense Department deputy spokesperson Sabrina Singh said during a media briefing on Tuesday that “US forces have been attacked approximately 66 times since October 17. Thirty-two separate times in Iraq and 34 separate times in Syria.”

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