More drones and rockets were fired at US bases in Iraq and Syria on Sunday and Monday, bringing the total number of attacks on US troops since October 17 to 38.
The attacks started in response to the US’s support for Israel’s onslaught in Gaza and show no sign of waning. Pentagon officials said on Monday that at least 45 US troops have been injured in the spate of attacks.
The total number of injuries is more than twice what the Pentagon has previously reported. The US military is monitoring about two dozen US service members who may be suffering from traumatic brain injuries due to the attacks.
On October 27, the US launched airstrikes in eastern Syria against Iranian-linked targets in order to “deter” more attacks. But US bases in the region came under fire 19 more times since then.
An umbrella group of militias that calls itself the Islamic Resistance in Iraq has taken credit for many of the attacks on US bases. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks due to its support for Shia militias in the region, although there’s no evidence Tehran is directing the attacks.
On Sunday, Iran’s defense minister warned the US it should reach a ceasefire in Gaza. “Our advice to the Americans is to immediately end this war and implement a ceasefire, otherwise they will be hit hard,” said Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani. “We have always recommended the Americans not to support the Zionist regime.”