In an attack for which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused pro-Iranian groups, an army base in eastern Syria hosting a US-led anti-extremist coalition was targeted Wednesday with two rockets that have caused no casualties or damage, the US military said.
Without accusing any perpetrators, the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said in the statement that two rockets targeted coalition forces at Mission Support Site Conoco in the Syrian eastern Deir Ezzor province.
A third, unfired rocket, was found at the rocket origin site during the patrol visit by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed outfit that defeated ISIS in Syria
Britain-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a vast network of sources in war-torn Syria, accused pro-Iranian groups of the attack.
Only one day before, Iranians marked in Tehran the third anniversary of the killing of Quds Force’s commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike, during which Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi vowed revenge for the assassination of the top general
Quds Force is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations arm.
With hundreds of American troops remaining in Syria as part of an international coalition fighting ISIS remnants, the bases used by the US-led coalition are continuously under sporadic rocket fire blamed on pro-Iranian militias and ISIS.
Per the CENTCOM data, US troops were targeted in two such attacks that caused no casualties or damage back in November.
The November 26 attack targeted the US patrol base in northeastern Hasakah province’s Al-Shaddadi while the November 17 rocket fire targeted the Green Village base in Al-Omar, near the Iraqi border.
The Syrian Observatory said that ISIS was behind the first attack while the second attack originated from a base of pro-Iranian militias.
CENTCOM spokesman Joe Buccino stressed that attacks of this kind undermine the hard-earned stability and security of Syria and the region and place coalition forces and the civilian population at risk.