Four separate attacks with drone and rocket targeted bases hosting United States troops in Syria and Iraq on November 18.
In two separate statements, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI) announced that it had launched two suicide drones at al-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria and al-Harir Air Base in the Erbil governorate of the northern Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan. The drone launched at al-Tanf was reportedly shot down.
The attacks were carried out “in response to the crimes committed by the enemy [Israel] against people in Gaza,” the IRI said.
Two rocket attacks also targeted the Conoco Mission Support Site and the Green Village base in the eastern Syria governorate of Deir Ezzor. However, the IRI didn’t claim responsibility. In Conoco, a radar station was allegedly destroyed. A fire was also reported at the Green Village base.
The IRI, a coalition of Iranian-backed armed factions, formed a special operations room to support Palestinian armed factions in Gaza and began launching attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and neighboring Syria following the October 17 Al-Ahli Arab Hospital massacre.
By November 17, the Pentagon had reported 61 attacks on its bases, 32 in Syria and 29 in Iraq. More than 50 U.S. service members were wounded. Material losses were also reported.
The U.S. launched several retaliatory strikes against targets linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Deir Ezzor and imposed sanctions on leaders of Iraqi armed groups in an attempt to deter the IRI. However, the number of attacks appears to be increasing.
The attacks will likely continue as long as the U.S. is providing unconditional support for the Israeli war on Gaza. The Pentagon is apparently expecting more escalation. To prepare, it has so far deployed more than 1,200 troops and a dozen air defense systems in the Middle East.