Multiple rockets targeting American forces struck a U.S. base in Eastern Syria on Monday.
The attack comes just one day after the U.S. carried out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias.
Some rockets landed within immediate vicinity of U.S. troops, however early reports have indicated that no injuries were sustained.
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The retaliation strike happened at an oil field site referred to as “Green Village.” Around 900 U.S. troops operate in the area to protect local Syrian fighters against ISIS.
In response to the attack, U.S. forces immediately returned fire.
PENTAGON – U.S. troops in Syria have returned fire after a rocket attack targeted American forces there Monday, according to a military spokesman.
“U.S. Forces in Syria, while under multiple rocket attack, acted in self-defense and conducted counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launching positions,” U.S. Colonel Wayne Marotto, the spokesman for the international military intervention against Islamic State, wrote on Twitter.
The rockets targeted a military base in Deir ez-Zour known as Green Village, multiple sources with knowledge of the attack confirmed to VOA. Marotto told VOA the U.S. responded to the rockets with 155 mm artillery rounds.via VOA
Damage is still being assessed from the rocket attack, and no injuries have been reported.
On Monday the White House said it ordered the military to conduct airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq.
“I directed last night’s airstrikes targeting sites used by the Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for recent attacks on US personnel in Iraq,” Biden stated.
Several U.S. lawmakers voiced frustration with Biden, claiming he overstepped his authority and that Congress should authorize military strikes.
Biden responded by saying, “I have that authority under Article II, and even those up in the Hill who are reluctant to acknowledge that have acknowledged that’s the case.”