NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has claimed responsibility for targeting a US-led International Coalition base in the outskirts of Tel Kucher, North and East Syria. Local sources report that the vicinity of Kharab al-Jir Airport was targeted by two shells launched from Iraq, with no immediate information on casualties.
Additionally, one shell fell in the area between Tel Kucher and Al-Mazraa, causing no discernible damage. The missile strikes coincided with the presence of US warplanes patrolling the region.
US Department of Defense Spokesperson Brigadier General Patrick Ryder affirmed the commitment to taking all necessary measures to safeguard Coalition forces and interests in the region, emphasizing a reluctance to further escalate the situation.
In response to the escalating tensions, the Coalition dispatched substantial military reinforcements to its bases in North and East Syria. According to reports from UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), these reinforcements included three cargo planes and the deployment of an Avenger defense system, which possesses multifunctional capabilities, including countering low-altitude airborne threats.
The US Central Command has also reported that 24 of its personnel sustained minor injuries in drone attacks on US bases in both Syria and Iraq over the course of the past week. The situation remains dynamic, with growing concerns about regional stability.