The Islamic Resistance of Iraq, an Iran-backed Shia militia group, claimed responsibility for a drone attack on the Al-Shadadi U.S. base south of the Syrian city of Hasakah, located in north-eastern Syria, on Sunday.
Sabereen News, which is closely affiliated with the group, published a statement saying that the group utilized two drones that “directly hit their targets,” echoing previous claims by the group that have been regularly refuted by U.S. Central Command.
This is the most recent confirmed attack launched by Islamic militia forces targeting U.S. bases in Syria and Iraq. Attacks on U.S. forces have been increasing due to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the previous base which has been targeted by the militia being on Wednesday, which you can read here, while three other bases were attacked simultaneously earlier this week, which you can read here.
Causalities From the Strikes:
The United States Central Command told NBC on Tuesday that, as of last Wednesday, 24 U.S. personnel were wounded in attacks orchestrated by Iran-backed militia groups. The agency told the news outlet that on October 18, 20 American personnel sustained “minor injuries” during an attack at al-Tanf garrison in Syria. Militants utilized two explosive drones, and while one was intercepted by the base’s defense systems, another struck its target. CENTCOM stated that the base suffered no damage from the successful drone, however.
Four other Americans were wounded in two more attacks on the al-Asad Airbase in Iraq. Both drones were intercepted by the base’s defense systems; however, one aircraft hangar was destroyed during the attacks.
The Statement Reads Below:
“In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, permission has been given to those who fight because they have been wronged, and indeed God has power over their victory. The Mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq has targeted the American occupation base, Al-Shaddadi, south of Al-Hasakah, Syria, with two drones which directly hit their targets.”