25 (EUROPE PRESS)
The United States Armed Forces have reported a response operation to the bombings against two bases in the province of Deiz Ezzor, in eastern Syria, after Washington on Wednesday denounced attacks carried out by groups backed by Iran and its Revolutionary Guard. .
The shelling began at 0720 hours (local time), when several missiles fell inside the military perimeter of the Conoco base, near the Iraqi border. Shortly thereafter, additional rockets were recorded in the vicinity of the Green Village base.
“One US service member from the Conoco mission has been treated for a minor injury and has returned to duty. Two others are under evaluation for minor injuries,” US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. adding that they have had to respond with the use of helicopters.
Subsequently, the US forces have reported in another note that, as a result of the counteroffensive, “four enemy combatants” have been killed and seven rocket launchers have been destroyed. “No group will attack our troops with immunity,” Central Command commander Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla warned.
This official has warned that “the United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we will continue to take the necessary measures to protect and defend our people”, referring to the possible involvement of the Iranian side in the event.
The attacks come after the United States said on Wednesday that US troops protected its personnel from several attacks by Iranian-backed groups and its Revolutionary Guards in Deiz Ezzor province.
The Director of Communication of the Central Command of the United States, Colonel Joe Buccino, remarked that the bombings were by order of the president, Joe Biden, as well as “necessary” to protect US personnel.
“The United States has taken deliberate and proportionate measures aimed at limiting the risk of escalation and minimizing the risk of victims,” explained Washington, which assured that “it is not looking for conflict” and that if they are in Syria it is “to ensure definitive defeat.” of Islamic State”.
Following Washington’s announcement of the bombing, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Naser Kanani denied in a statement Washington’s claim that these “popular and anti-occupation fighting” groups were backed by Iran.