56 U.S. troops injured in attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria
Between October 17th and November 9th, U.S. and coalition forces have been attacked at least 46 times, 24 separate times in Iraq and 22 separate times in Syria by a mix of one-way attack drones and rockets.
Two American warplanes conducted a targeted strike against a facility in eastern Syria affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, and Iran-aligned militia groups on 8 November.
“These actions were taken in response to ongoing threats and attacks directed at U.S. bases in both Syria and Iraq by the IRGC and related groups,” Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told journalists on Thursday.
“This action was aimed at disrupting and degrading the capabilities of groups directly responsible for attacking U.S. forces in the region. By specifically targeting these associated facilities, we seek to convey a clear message to Iran that we hold it accountable for the attacks on U.S. forces and we expect Iran to take measures to direct its proxies to stop,” Singh said and added that their military actions do not signal a change in their approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict and they have no intentions of escalating the conflict in the region.
“We know that Iran continues to arm, equip, train, support and financially support these groups. We're continuing to assess the success of these strikes and, of course, the protection and safety of our troops is a priority for not only the president, but for the secretary. And so, if we feel that we need to strike again at a time and place of our choosing, we absolutely will,” Singh noted.
Sabrina Singh stated that: “Between October 17th and November 9th, U.S. and coalition forces have been attacked at least 46 times to date, 24 separate times in Iraq and 22 separate times in Syria by a mix of one-way attack drones and rockets.”
According to Singh, there have been 56 people injured, but all have returned to duty.