The U.S. military reported Thursday that four members of a militia supported by Iran were killed in American strikes in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for recent attacks by the group.
In a statement, the U.S. Following rocket attacks on two American military installations in northeast Syria on Wednesday by militia members, Central Command reported that American forces had destroyed seven enemy rocket launchers.
On Thursday, Central Command gave more information regarding the attacks, stating that M777 Howitzers, AC-130 gunships, and Apache helicopters were used.
The most recent uptick in attacks followed a deliberate attack on American forces on August 15 at the al-Tanf Garrison in the south by militiamen backed by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.
The attack had no casualties and caused no damage. However, in retaliation, the US attacked militia bunkers and bases.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, the American airstrikes hit the Ayash Camp, which is operated by the Fatimiyoun group of Afghan Shiite fighters, and at least six Syrian and foreign militants were killed.
The Conoco gas field in Deir el-Zour, where American troops are stationed, and Green Village were both targeted by militia rocket attacks within hours of the American strikes.
America claims that at least three military men with minor injuries were evaluated or treated at Central Command. The rocket launchers were targeted in retaliation by American forces.
An essential province with oil reserves that borders Iraq is Deir el-Zour. The region is under the authority of the Syrian military and militias backed by Iran, which Israeli warplanes have frequently struck.
Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, has refuted any association between Iran and individuals who were targeted.
Despite the presence of weapons that can be traced back to them, Iran frequently denies backing local militias that attack American personnel in the area.