US: Biden orders retaliation as contractor is killed in suicide drone strike in Syria

US: Biden orders retaliation as contractor is killed in suicide drone strike in Syria
US: Biden orders retaliation as contractor is killed in suicide drone strike in Syria

An American contractor was killed by a suicide drone that struck a facility on a coalition base in northeast Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon said.. Five US service members and another contractor were injured. The Defense Department said intelligence ops determined the drone was Iranian.

A U.S. contractor was killed and five U.S. service members and one U.S. contractor were wounded in a suicide drone attack on a coalition base near Hasakah in northeast Syria.

The attack occurred just before 2 p.m. local time on Thursday, as confirmed by the Defense Department in a statement. The department revealed that the drone was believed to have been of Iranian origin, according to intelligence reports.

Following the attack, the U.S. retaliated with airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets in the area. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the precision airstrikes were authorized by President Biden and conducted by U.S. Central Command forces in eastern Syria.

The strikes targeted facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), in response to the recent attacks on coalition forces in Syria suspected to be engineered by IRGC-affiliated groups.

American contractor loses life in Iran-linked drone attack

General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, the commander of U.S. Central Command, testified before Congress on Thursday that there have been 78 attacks against facilities housing U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria since January 2021.

The majority of these attacks, carried out by drones and rockets, are believed to have been carried out by Iran or Iranian-backed proxies.

Two wounded service members were treated on-site, while three others and the wounded U.S. contractor were evacuated to medical facilities in Iraq.

The Defense Department expressed condolences for the contractor who lost his life and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.
According to a report, Austin said he authorized the retaliatory strikes at the direction of President Joe Biden.
The US under Biden has struck Syria previously over tensions with Iran. In February and June of 2021, as well as August 2022, Biden launched attacks there.
Hundreds of US troops are in Syria and have frequently been targeted in attacks by militia groups.
The US still maintains the base near Hasakah in northeast Syria where Thursday’s drone strike happened.
There are roughly 900 American troops, and even more contractors, in Syria, including in the north and farther south and east.
‘As President Biden has made clear, we will take all necessary measures to defend our people and will always respond at a time and place of our choosing,’ Austin said. ‘No group will strike our troops with impunity.’
The Pentagon said two of the wounded service members were treated on site, while three others and the injured contractor were transported to medical facilities in Iraq.


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