US forces responded to a rocket attack on Monday that targeted troops near the oil fields in al-Omar, Syria; The US response sought out the locations of the pro-Iranian militias responsible for the attack, hitting multiple sites inside of Syria.
After pro-Iranian militias targeted US military troops in al-Omar, Syria, on Monday, US forces responded with attacks on the militia groups in multiple locations inside the war-torn country. More specifically, the retaliatory US strikes were directed at the sites suspected of having launched the rockets. No US personnel were injured in the attack.
According to US Colonel Wayne Marotto, “U.S. Forces in Syria, while under multiple rocket attacks, acted in self-defense and conducted counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launching positions.”
Before the exchange of fire, the US had hit other targets near the border of Iraq and Syria that were being used to carry out aerial attacks on US troops. The militia groups hit with the US response include Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
US President Joe Biden said, “I directed last night’s airstrikes targeting sites used by the Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq.”
Since the onset of his presidency, dozens of pro-Iranian attacks on US troops in the region have taken place as Tehran seeks to push the US out of the region.