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US airstrikes in Syria after drone attack kills American

Updated on: 25 March,2023 08:02 AM IST  |  Washington
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Attacks came after a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a US contractor and wounded five American troops

US airstrikes in Syria after drone attack kills American

Lloyd Austin, defence secretary, US

A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a U.S. contractor and wounded six other Americans in northeast Syria, and U.S. forces retaliated with airstrikes on sites in Syria used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the Pentagon said. Activists said the U.S. bombing killed at least four people.
While it’s not the first time the U.S. and Iran have traded strikes in Syria, the attack and the U.S. response threaten to upend recent efforts to deescalate tensions across the wider Middle East, whose rival powers have made steps toward détente in recent days after years of turmoil.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the American intelligence community had determined the drone was of Iranian origin, but offered no other immediate evidence to support the claim. The drone hit a coalition base in the Syrian city of Hasaka. The wounded included five American service members and a U.S. contractor.  Austin said the strikes were a response to the drone attack “as well as a series of recent attacks against coalition forces in Syria” by groups affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard.

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Iran relies on a network of proxy forces through the Mideast to counter the U.S. and Israel, its arch regional enemy. The activist group Deir Ezzor 24, said the American strikes killed four people and wounded a number of others. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll from U.S. strikes at 11 Iranian-backed fighters.

No. of people killed per Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

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