American forces are now on high alert following the strike that was ordered against Iranian-backed militia in Syria.
The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve has upped the threat level for U.S. forces in Iraq.
They have been put on high alert as fears mount of retaliatory action against U.S. troops and contractors following the airstrike.
The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve has raised the threat level for US service members in Iraq, while US contractors at Balad Air Base were put on high alert fearing a response to US airstrikes in Syria, two sources familiar with the move tell Fox News.
Increasing force protection posture may last several days and is considered a routine precaution given current conditions on the ground.
“Protection of coalition troops is the #1 priority, so taking force protection levels higher is wise and prudent,” a source told Fox News.From KTVU
Even prior to the airstrike in Syria, tensions have been rising in the region.
Within the span of a week, there were three separate attacks on U.S.’s presence in Iraq.
In one of the attacks, a barrage of rockets were launched against a base housing U.S. service members, resulting in the death of a U.S. contractor and 6 other Americans being wounded.
Iran has denied any links to the attack that killed the U.S. contractor.
Following the U.S.’ airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon issued the following statement:
“We’re confident in the target we went after we know what we hit. We’re confident that target was being used by the same Shia militia that conducted the strikes,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said.