US-led coalition outpost in Syria targeted in rocket attack; tensions rise with Iran-backed groups
In the latest development in the ongoing conflict between the US-led coalition and Iran-backed groups in Syria, a rocket was fired at a coalition outpost in northeast Syria on Monday. The rocket failed to cause any damage to the outpost, but its origin was traced back to the point of the attack. Additionally, coalition forces shot down a drone in Deir ez-Zor that is believed to belong to Iranian militias, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The US has accused Iran-backed factions of past attacks on its forces in Syria, although no group has claimed responsibility for these incidents. A recent drone attack on a coalition base near northeast Syria's Hasaka city resulted in the death of a US contractor and injuries to six others. The Pentagon later confirmed that the drone was of Iranian origin.
In response to the drone attack, the US launched airstrikes on pro-Iran militants in eastern Syria, killing at least eight. This tit-for-tat escalation marks an increase in hostilities between the two sides.
Despite ongoing tensions, tit-for-tat attacks between the US and Iran in Iraq and Syria have decreased over the past year. About a thousand US troops stationed in Syria are part of an international coalition that has been fighting alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces against the Islamic State. Attacks on US forces in Syria are often attributed to Iran-backed militias and factions.
The situation in Syria remains volatile, with the risk of further escalations in the conflict between the US-led coalition and Iran-backed groups. The international community continues to closely monitor the situation and work towards a peaceful resolution.