US forces and their allies in Syria were the target of a missile attack this Monday, the 29th, a Defense Department official said, after the day before that a drone strike in Jordan killed three American soldiers.
“Several rockets were fired at U.S. and coalition forces at the Shaddadi patrol base in Syria. No injuries or damage to infrastructure were reported,” said the US official, who did not want to be named.
The United States has about 900 troops in Syria and 2,500 in neighboring Iraq as part of the international coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group, which took control of large areas in both countries years ago.
Since midOctober, American forces and those of the coalition supporting them have been attacked 165 times (according to them 66 in Iraq, 98 in Syria and one in Jordan) with “a mix of drones, rockets, mortars and shortrange ballistic missiles” range “, said the official.
Dozens of U.S. soldiers have been injured in previous strikes, but none have been killed by enemy fire in the Middle East since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hamas until yesterday, when a drone strike left three dead and more than 30 injured.