US troops targeted by drones in Syria – officials

Oct 19 (Reuters) – U.S. forces in Syria shot down two drones, causing some minor injuries, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as regional tensions rise while Israel and Washington remain on high alert about the activities of pro-Iran groups. – Hamas War.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday’s attack was against US forces at the al-Tanf base near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan.

Authorities did not say who was responsible for the attack.

Lebanon’s Iran-affiliated Al Mayadeen TV reported on Thursday that two US military bases in Syria had come under attack.

Al Mayadeen reported a drone attack on the al-Tanf base and a missile attack on a Conoco base in the countryside of northern Deir al-Zor region. No further information was disclosed.

US military forces in Iraq were targeted in two separate drone attacks on Wednesday, causing minor injuries to a small number of troops, after the US military was able to intercept the armed drone.

The United States has 2,500 troops in Iraq and another 900 in neighboring Syria to advise and assist local forces in the fight against Islamic State, which seized territory in both countries in 2014.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Tala Ramadan; Editing by Gareth Jones and Jonathan Otis

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