The day after the US Air Force targeted a militia group on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, a rocket attack has been reported against a US base in eastern Syria.
According to local reports, the base under attack is adjacent to al-Omar oil field in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, Syria’s largest oil field, and at least eight rockets fell on the base.
Video and photos circulating on social media purport to have captured the bombardment from afar.
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BREAKING: Multiple rocket launcher (MLRS) fired by Iran-backed forces against US base in Omar oil field in Syria pic.twitter.com/7BUMlNeDWb— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) June 28, 2021
Now: Iranian-backed forces reportedly shelling the American base at Omar Oil Field in Deir ez Zor. Working to confirm.— Woofers (@N0tWoofers) June 28, 2021
There have so far not been any indications of US casualties at al-Omar as a result of the attack. US troops have remained in eastern Syria after the defeat of Daesh in support of Kurdish militias, which has denied the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad the ability to exert control over a considerable part of Syrian territory, in which nearly all of the country’s petroleum deposits are located.
The incident comes just a day after three US airstrikes rocked the region: two in Iraq and one in Syria allegedly targeted “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups,” the Shiite militias Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada.
The strikes, authorized by US President Joe Biden, are his second since taking office in January. Another strike in the same area was authorized in February after an Iraqi base in Erbil that houses US troops came under attack.
Both sets of strikes have been against militias that are part of the Hashd ash-Shabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Iraq’s paramilitary corps established in 2014 to fight Daesh.
The PMF has denied having any such depots in the areas the US claimed to have struck.
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