Dozens Injured After U.S. Military Base Is Attacked

Two dozen US military personnel were wounded in multiple drone attacks at US bases in Syria and Iraq two weeks ago, NBC News reported.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed last Tuesday that twenty US service members received minor injuries after the al-Tanf military base in southern Syria was targeted by at least two attack drones on October 18.

All of the injured personnel were returned to duty, no damage was done to the installation, and one of the drones was shot down, CENTCOM said.

That same day, four US personnel stationed at the al-Asad base in western Iraq suffered minor injuries in two separate drone attacks. The drones were shot down but debris from one of the craft destroyed a hanger containing small aircraft, according to CENTCOM.

All four injured personnel have returned to duty. However, an American civilian contractor died after suffering a cardiac incident while sheltering in place during the attacks.

In a press briefing last Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said that US and coalition forces in Iraq came under attack at least ten separate times while forces in Syria faced three separate attacks from a mix of attack drones and rockets.

According to Brig. Gen. Ryder, the attacks were carried out by groups supported by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In response to the attacks, last Thursday, Pentagon Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that the US launched strikes on two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iranian-backed groups.

In a statement on Thursday night, Austin said while the US “does not seek conflict” and has no desire “to engage in further hostilities,” the attacks on US personnel by Iranian-backed militias “are unacceptable and must stop.”

Pentagon officials told reporters Thursday night that the strikes were carried out by two F-16s and hit weapons and ammunition storage areas near Abu Kamal in Syria.

Senior Pentagon officials told reporters on Monday that since October 17, the total number of attacks on US and coalition bases in the region has climbed to at least 23, the Military Times reported.

According to the Pentagon, at least 14 of the attacks were in Iraq while at least nine others were in Syria.