At least six members of the US-backed Kurdish-led SDF were killed in a drone attack that hit a US base in eastern Syria late Sunday night as regional tensions continue to escalate.
The drone targeted a base at the US-occupied al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province. The SDF said, “Six of our fighters were martyred during a terrorist attack by a suicide plane.”
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll had risen to seven and that 18 other Kurdish fighters were wounded in the attack, but the numbers are not confirmed.
The incident is the most significant attack on a US base since President Biden ordered a series of major airstrikes across eastern Syria and western Iraq on Friday, killing around 40 people. The strikes came in response to the January 28 drone attack in Jordan that killed three US troops.
The attack on the US base in occupied Syria is seen as a response to the airstrikes. According to The Associated Press, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a shadowy umbrella group of Iraqi Shia militias, took credit for the attack.
US officials have warned the airstrikes in Syria and Iraq could continue, especially if there were more attacks on US bases. On Sunday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan refused to rule out the idea of launching airstrikes on Iran.
The Pentagon has admitted it has no evidence Iran was involved in the Jordan drone attack that killed US troops or any of the over 160 rocket and drone attacks on US bases since mid-October. Regardless, the US says Iran is responsible because it arms the Iraqi Shia militias.