Rockets and mortars fired at US base in Syria in reprisal for airstrikes against Shia militia – reports

Rockets and mortars fired at US base in Syria in reprisal for airstrikes against Shia militia – reports

A base used by US troops in eastern Syria, near the Omar oil field in Deir-ez-Zor province, was reportedly struck and damaged by rocket and mortar fire. The attack appears to be in retaliation for US airstrikes over the weekend.

At least eight rockets caused material damage inside the base, local media reported. Mortar shell impacts were also reported near the oilfield. There have been no reports of casualties as yet.

Video circulating social media reportedly from this evening of #Iran|ian back militants shelling Omar Oil Field in Deir Ez Zoe, #Syria where #US personnel are based. pic.twitter.com/6eZZYNrBbn

— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) June 28, 2021

Photos and footage posted on social media showed multiple rocket launches and explosions.

PHOTOS: American base seen on fire from distance – shelling taking place & US Aircraft in the sky pic.twitter.com/JEBl2aYPjn

— ASB News / MILITARY〽️ (@ASBMilitary) June 28, 2021

After the initial rocket attack, US airplanes bombed militia positions near Al-Mayadin, local media said, following which more rockets and mortars were fired at the base.

Breaking 2:
The Iranian militias in Al-Mayadeen city responded to airstrikes by firing more than 7 artillery shells towards the eastern Euphrates – near Al-Omar base where US forces are present.

— Omar Abu Layla (@OALD24) June 28, 2021

On Sunday, US airstrikes killed at least four members of Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, a Shia militia mobilized to fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and operating on the Iraqi-Syrian border. Baghdad condemned the strikes as “a blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the airstrikes as a “necessary, appropriate, deliberate action” intended to “send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message” to the militia, which Washington has accused of working for Iran.

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Monday’s reported incident marks the first time US troops inside Syria have been targeted in response to airstrikes against Shia militias. In January 2020, Iran fired a barrage of long-range missiles at Iraqi bases hosting US troops, in retaliation for the drone assassination of the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani.

An estimated 900 US troops remain in northeastern Syria, occupying oil fields and propping up a Kurdish-led militia that fought against IS but now refuses to release the liberated territory to the government in Damascus.

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