Twenty-one American troops have been injured in drone assaults in opposition to U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria in simply two days final week, the Pentagon mentioned Wednesday.
“Between Oct. 17-18 (ET), twenty-one U.S. personnel received minor injuries due to drone attacks at Al Assad Airbase, Iraq and Al-Tanf Garrison, Syria,” Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder mentioned in an announcement.
Ryder confirmed all members returned to responsibility, however added in some circumstances service members can report accidents, reminiscent of traumatic mind harm, a number of days after assaults happen in order that the quantity may change.
Last week, Iran’s proxy forces launched assaults in opposition to the U.S. bases amid air strikes and preparations for Israel’s floor invasion into Gaza in opposition to Hamas, after Hamas terrorists killed greater than 1,400 in an assault concentrating on Jews in southern Israel on October 7. Several hundred have been reportedly kidnapped, together with Americans.
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Pentagon officers haven’t specified which teams are accountable, however level again to Iran’s assist and funding for the teams and say they anticipate extra assaults in opposition to U.S. troops.
Ryder advised reporters on Tuesday, “We know that the groups conducting these attacks are supported by the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and the Iranian regime.”
“What we are seeing is the prospect for more significant escalation against U.S. forces and personnel across the region in the very near-term coming from Iranian proxy forces and ultimately from Iran,” he mentioned.
The Pentagon has surged U.S. troops and belongings to the area, together with two service strike teams and have put an unspecified variety of troops on prepare-to-deploy orders in case a fast response is required for contingencies.