Multiple Drone Attack Hits US Base in Southern Syria

No American casualties, but two US-allied fighters were wounded

A US military base in southern Syria was targeted in a drone attack on Friday that wounded two members of a US-backed militia.

US Central Command said the base at Al-Tanf was attacked by three “one-way attack drones.” CENTCOM said two of the drones were shot down, but one hit the compound, injuring two members of the Syrian Free Army, a group the US backed in its failed regime change effort against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

CENTCOM said the two fighters received medical treatment and that no US forces were hurt. No group has taken credit for the attack, and it’s not clear who’s responsible. The incident marks the second attack on a base housing US forces in Syria this month.

US bases in Syria frequently come under fire, and while there are rarely casualties, the US presence always risks sparking a wider war. There are currently about 1,000 US troops stationed in the country nominally to fight ISIS, but the occupation is also part of the US economic war against Syria.

The US maintains crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are harming civilians and specifically target the country‚Äôs energy and construction sectors to prevent reconstruction.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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