US carried out airstrikes in Syria targeting Iran-affiliated groups
The U.S. military announced Tuesday evening it had carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The military’s Central Command said the strikes in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria, were meant to protect U.S. forces from attacks by Iran-backed groups.
“Today’s strikes were necessary to protect and defend U.S. personnel. The United States took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties,” spokesman Army Colonel Joe Buccino said in a statement.
The spokesman said the strikes were carried out in response to an attack on August 15 that targeted U.S. forces. Drones allegedly launched by Iranian-backed militias targeted a compound used by U.S. forces. No casualties were reported.
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