US strikes Iran-linked sites in Syria in retaliation for attacks on its troops

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Oct 27, 2023
Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder speaking at the Pentagon.(AP)

The US military launched airstrikes early Friday on two locations in eastern Syria linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Pentagon said, in retaliation for a slew of drone and missile attacks against U.S. bases and personnel in the region that began early last week.

The US strikes reflect the Biden administration's determination to maintain a delicate balance. The U.S. wants to hit Iranian-backed groups suspected of targeting the U.S. as strongly as possible to deter future aggression, possibly fueled by Israel's war against Hamas, while also working to avoid inflaming the region and provoking a wider conflict.

Information about the specific targets and other details were not yet provided.

According to the Pentagon, there have been at least 12 attacks on US bases and personnel in Iraq and four in Syria since Oct. 17. Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said 21 U.S. personnel were injured in two of those assaults that used drones to target al-Asad Airbase in Iraq and al-Tanf Garrison in Syria.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the “precision self-defense strikes are a response to a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups that began on October 17.”

He said President Joe Biden directed the narrowly tailored strikes “to make clear that the United States will not tolerate such attacks and will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests.” And he added that the operation was separate and distinct from Israel's war against Hamas.

Austin said the US does not seek a broader conflict, but if Iranian proxy groups continue, the US won't hesitate to take additional action to protect its forces.

According to the Pentagon, all the U.S. personnel hurt in the militant attacks received minor injuries and all returned to duty. In addition, a contractor suffered a cardiac arrest and died while seeking shelter from a possible drone attack.

The retaliatory strikes came as no surprise. Officials at the Pentagon and the White House have made it clear for the past week that the U.S. would respond, with Ryder saying again Thursday that it would be “at the time and place of our choosing.”

“I think we've been crystal clear that we maintain the inherent right of defending our troops and we will take all necessary measures to protect our forces and our interests overseas,” he told reporters during a Pentagon briefing earlier in the day.

The latest spate of strikes by the Iranian-linked groups came in the wake of a deadly explosion at a Gaza hospital, triggering protests in a number of Muslim nations. The Israeli military has relentlessly attacked Gaza in retaliation for the devastating Hamas rampage in southern Israel nearly three weeks ago, but Israel has denied responsibility for the al-Ahli hospital blast and the U.S. has said its intelligence assessment found that Tel Aviv was not to blame.

The US, including the Pentagon, has repeatedly said any strike response by America would be directly tied to the attacks on the troops, and not connected to the war between Israel and Hamas. Such retaliation and strikes against Iranian targets in Syria after similar attacks on U.S. bases are routine.

In March, for example, the US struck sites in Syria used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard after an Iranian-linked attack killed a US contractor and wounded seven other Americans in northeast Syria. American F-15 fighter jets flying out of al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar struck several locations around Deir el-Zour.

US officials have routinely stressed that the American response is designed to be proportional, and is aimed at deterring strikes against US personnel who are focused on the fight against the Islamic State group.

US officials have not publicly tied the recent string of attacks in Syria and Iraq to the violence in Gaza, but Iranian officials have openly criticized the US for providing weapons to Israel that have been used to strike Gaza, resulting in civilian death.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, has beefed up air defenses in the region to protect US forces. The US has said it is sending several batteries of Patriot missile systems, a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery and additional fighter jets.

The THAAD is being sent from Fort Bliss, Texas, and the Patriot batteries are from Fort Liberty in North Carolina and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. An Avenger air defense system from Fort Liberty is also being sent.

Officials have said as much as two battalions of Patriots are being deployed. A battalion can include at least three Patriot batteries, which each have six to eight launchers.

Ryder said Thursday that about 900 troops have deployed or are in the process of going to the Middle East region, including those associated with the air defense systems.

Source: Hindustan Times
Related Posts:

Comment on Post

Leave a comment

If you have a News HTS user account, your address will be used to display your profile picture.

POPULAR News

icon
Bussiness She moved to the US from India at a tender age of 11. She was just 15 when she launched her technology startup. She now employs 10 people in her firm, valued at a whopping ₹100 crore. This is the life story of Pranjali Awasthi, the 16-year-old Indian protégé who has proved age is merely a number when it comes to entrepreneurship.
icon
Bussiness The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has chosen to delegate the taxation of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA), which is used for the manufacture of portable alcohol, to the states. Furthermore, it has reduced the levy rates on millet flour and molasses.
icon
Latest News Ed Sheeran noted that he's hosted friends' weddings in the area. Ed Sheeran noted that he's hosted friends' weddings in the area. Ed Sheeran noted that he's hosted friends' weddings in the area. Ed Sheeran noted that he's hosted friends' weddings in the area.
icon
Bussiness Bengaluru: As part of its pre-Series B funding round, elder care platform Age Care Labs has raised $11 million in fresh capital from fintech unicorn Zerodha's investment arm Rainmatter Capital and proptech investment firm Gruhas. Bengaluru: As part of its pre-Series B funding round, elder care platform Age Care Labs has raised $11 million in fresh capital from fintech unicorn Zerodha's investment arm Rainmatter Capital and proptech investment firm Gruhas.
icon
Sports Asian Games, Javelin Throw Highlights: Neeraj Chopra Claims Gold With 88.88m Throw, Kishore Jena Bags Silver
icon
Technology Elon Musk-owned social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) has distributed nearly $20 million in payments to content creators on the app, said Chief Executive Linda Yaccarino in a post on Friday. Elon Musk-owned social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) has distributed nearly $20 million in payments to content creators on the app, said Chief Executive Linda Yaccarino in a post on Friday.
icon
Technology Instagram is not working on a dedicated app for iPad users and they shouldn't expect one anytime soon. That's the message directly from Adam Mosseri, who claims the company has other priorities before launching the app for iPad. Instagram is not working on a dedicated app for iPad users and they shouldn't expect one anytime soon. That's the message directly from Adam Mosseri, who claims the company has other priorities before launching the app for iPad.
icon
Science Pollen grains analysis helps understand how the first humans migrated from Africa across Europe and Asia, research in Science Advances says. Pollen grains analysis helps understand how the first humans migrated from Africa across Europe and Asia, research in Science Advances says.
icon
World Noelia Voigt, hailing from Utah, bagged the title of Miss USA during the 2023 pageant's grand finale at Reno, Nevada's Grand Sierra Resort. The thrilling event unfolded on a Friday night and was televised live on the CW Network. Savannah Gankiewicz, representing Hawaii, secured the position of first-runner-up.
icon
Politics Hitting out at the Telangana government over parivaarwad, corruption and farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promised the poll-bound state a National Turmeric Board and a Central Tribal University in Mulugu, as he unveiled projects worth Rs 13,500 crore.
icon
World The United States warned against any "escalation" in the Middle East in the wake of Israel's war with Hamas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday, hours after the Pentagon moved to step up military readiness in the region. The United States warned against any "escalation" in the Middle East in the wake of Israel's war with Hamas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday, hours after the Pentagon moved to step up military readiness in the region.
icon
Latest News As excitement brews for Amazon's highly anticipated Prime Big Deal Days, this piece of advice by the company's founder and executive chairman, Jeff Bezos, is something every consumer should keep in mind amid economic uncertainties. In an interview with CNN, Bezos expressed concerns about the current economic landscape, stating, "Things are slowing down. You're seeing layoffs in many sectors of the economy."
icon
Technology Dell, the Texas-based technology giant, may be planning fresh investment in its cutting-edge Research and Development (R&D) centre located in Bengaluru. The company already operates a prominent R&D centre in the city. At the global level, Dell operates around 25 manufacturing facilities, with 14 of these dedicated to R&D.
icon
Technology Google Pixel Launch Event 2023 Live Updates: Can Google Pixel 8 Take On iPhone 15? Updated 9 minutes ago
icon
Latest News
icon
Latest News Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India.
icon
Life Style Discover an array of captivating restaurants and exciting events that beckon you to indulge in unforgettable experiences. From culinary gems offering delectable dishes to cultural exhibitions celebrating artistry and heritage, these venues promise to satisfy your senses. Whether you're a food enthusiast seeking gourmet delights or an art aficionado craving inspiration, there's something for everyone to savor. Embark on a journey of taste, culture, and entertainment at these must-visit destinations.
icon
Horoscope A post shared by Mariana Louis (@persephonessister) A post shared by Mariana Louis (@persephonessister) A post shared by Mariana Louis (@persephonessister) A post shared by Mariana Louis (@persephonessister) A post shared by Mariana Louis (@persephonessister)
icon
Technology Grand Theft Auto fans are mercilessly mocking a GTA VI (GTA 6) leaker for their inaccurate predictions of the announcement date. Grand Theft Auto fans are mercilessly mocking a GTA VI (GTA 6) leaker for their inaccurate predictions of the announcement date.
icon
Latest News Humans of Bombay (HOB) recently filed a case in Delhi High Court against People of India (POI) over protecting their intellectual property. The platform's founder Karishma Mehta has now taken to Instagram to address the controversy around the case and also inform that the court has ‘upheld their contentions'.
icon
Latest News The luxurious home has also been featured as the location for other TV projects. The luxurious home has also been featured as the location for other TV projects. The luxurious home has also been featured as the location for other TV projects. The luxurious home has also been featured as the location for other TV projects.
icon
Technology Alphabet Inc.'s Google will begin to make its Chromebook laptops in India through a partnership forged with HP Inc. Alphabet Inc.'s Google will begin to make its Chromebook laptops in India through a partnership forged with HP Inc. Alphabet Inc.'s Google will begin to make its Chromebook laptops in India through a partnership forged with HP Inc.
icon
Latest News Pietro, a German Shepherd in the Carmel Police Department, is receiving tons of love on social media. The dog lent a paw to his human partner for a very important mission. He helped round up 30 goats running loose in a street in New York. A video of the dog on duty was also captured and later shared online.
icon
Latest News A video capturing impatient passengers rushing to enter a train through a narrow opening of the door, each vying for a coveted spot inside, was shared online. The video was posted on Reddit with a caption that reads, “Automatic door in Mumbai trains.” The clip shows how the passengers hurled themselves through the half-open doors.
icon
Technology YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators. YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators.