For second time into few weeksthe US armed forces struck by air yesterday Wednesday installation in eastern Syria which according to them was associated with the Revolutionary Guardselite body of his army Iran, and armed organizations close to Tehran.
According to a press release signed by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, two F-15 fighters hit “weapons depot”, in retaliation for attacks on US personnel in Syria and Iraq.
“US armed forces conducted a defensive strike on a facility in eastern Syria used by the Revolutionary Guards and organizations affiliated with them,” according to the text.
In accordance with american pentagon, in recent weeks forces of the US and other countries of the international anti-jihadist coalition have become target at least 40 drone and rocket attacks, against the backdrop of the Israel/Hamas war.
Mr. Austin interpreted that if the attacks against of US troops continue, the US is “ready” to “take further necessary action” to “protect” them.
The new US strikes come amid concerns that the Israel/Hamas war will spread to the region and the deployment of a strong US air force in the region, including aircraft carriers with strike forces, a nuclear submarine and other assets, for “deterrence” purposes , according to Washington.
“Nine people working for Iranian-backed organizations were killed in US strikes on facilities used by pro-Iranian organizations” in Deir Ezzor, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the non-governmental Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. based in Britain.
Drone shot down by the Houthis
The strike was accompanied by a “very clear message” sent “through various channels” from Washington to Tehran, a senior US official said. “And this message to the Iranian leaders was: ‘we want you to order the organizations (including those close to you) to stop attacking us,'” he clarified.
In the meantime, an AFP source at the US Department of Defense confirmed that the Shiites Houthi rebels her Yemenis shot down an American drone as he flew off the warring country.
The Houthis, who are close to Iran and control much of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, earlier announced the downing of a US “spy” plane operating as part of US support for Israel.
The war in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory under Israeli blockade, was triggered by a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7, which killed more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, according to Israeli authorities. Since then, more than 10,500 Palestinians, also mostly civilians, have been killed in the Israeli army’s relentless shelling of the Gaza Strip, according to the latest tally from the Hamas health ministry.
Washington has offered immediate military support to Israel, but worries about the risk of the war spreading to the Middle East amid anger in the Arab world over Israeli operations in the Palestinian enclave.
Washington keeps about 900 of its troops deployed in Syria and another nearly 2,500 in Iraq as part of operations against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
He also proceeded to send a strong air force to the region, including aircraft carriers with their escort armadas, a nuclear submarine and other elements, for reasons of “deterrence”.
Sources: APE-MPE, AFP, Reuters