U.S. air strikes in Syria after deadly drone attack

HASAKAH, Syria — On Thursday night, the U.S. forces carried out multiple air strikes in Syria in retaliation of an Iranian-backed deadly drone attack that killed a U.S. contractor, injured another and wounded five U.S. troops, the Pentagon said.

The drone attack took place against a U.S.-led International Coalition base near Hasakah in North and East Syria.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the strikes targeted groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), stressing that the U.S. has taken proportionate and deliberate measures aimed at reducing the risks of escalation and minimizing losses.

“The airstrikes were conducted in response to today’s attack as well as a series of recent attacks against Coalition forces in Syria by groups affiliated with the IRGC,” Austin said in a statement.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the U.S. strikes targeted a weapons depot in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor), killing 8 Iranian militiamen.

In other news, sources in the Harabish neighborhood in the eastern countryside of Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor) reported that an unknown aircraft, believed to be of the Israeli Air Force, targeted the grain collection center and the rural development center in the region, which led to outbreak of fire.

The sources added that firefighters and civil defense teams rushed to the targeted location to put out the fire.