Missile Attack on U.S. base in Syria’s Al Hasakah Region, Explosions Reported

Escalation in Attacks Targets American Forces in the Region
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 04:54 AM, December 2, 2023
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Missile Attack on U.S. base in Syria’s Al Hasakah Region, Explosions Reported
U.S. forces in Syria in October 2020 @DoD

The Shi’i armed group known as the 'Islamic Resistance in Iraq' has reportedly carried out a missile strike on a U.S. military base situated in Al-Shaddadi, located in the southern part of the Al Hasakah Governorate in northeastern Syria.

The attack, reported by the Al Modon news website, involved the use of multiple rocket launchers near the al-Jebsa oil field, resulting in several explosions within the base's vicinity.

This incident follows a previous assault on a U.S. military base near the Al-Omar oil field in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, where 'kamikaze' drones were employed. As of now, no information has been provided regarding the aftermath of that particular attack.

On November 30, Shi’i militias issued a warning to the United States through a statement posted on a Telegram channel. The statement declared their intent to intensify military operations in Syria and Iraq, citing Washington's alleged support for the Israeli army, accused of causing civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.

Media outlets have previously reported that U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria have faced 74 attacks since October 17. The United States currently maintains approximately 900 troops in Syria and 2,500 in Iraq.

In recent weeks, a significant escalation in attacks on international coalition bases in northeastern Syria has been observed. These assaults, orchestrated by Iranian-backed militias operating in Iraq and Syria, coincide with reports of the establishment of operational centers aimed at coordinating these strikes.

The targeted attacks on American forces' headquarters have been concentrated at various bases, including the al-Omar Field and Conoco plant bases in the Deir ez-Zor countryside, the Kharab al-Jir base, Tal Beydar, and al-Shaddadi in the al-Hasakah countryside, as well as the al-Tanf base near the tri-border area of Syria, Iraq, and Jordan.

The methods employed in these attacks range from drone strikes and improvised missiles to mortar shells. Notably, these incidents in Syria parallel similar activities in Iraq, accompanied by threats of further escalation in the days ahead.

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