The Pentagon said that in retribution for the increasing number of attacks on the sites that house American personnel in the area over the past several weeks, the United States launched an airstrike on a weapons storage in eastern Syria that is utilised by fighters backed by Iran.
A weapons storage facility near Maysulun in Deir el-Zour that was known to be utilised by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was struck by numerous bombs dropped by two U.S. F-15 fighter planes on Wednesday, according to U.S. authorities.
Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin stated in a statement that the President ordered today’s action to demonstrate that the US will defend itself, its soldiers, and its interests.
When the U.S. military observed the warehouse for hours during the day, people were seen there, according to a military officer who spoke with reporters over the phone. However, when the strike happened overnight, the number had dropped to only “a couple.” The U.S. believes that no civilians were killed and that no one inside the warehouse was connected to the Revolutionary Guard or militia groups, despite the official statement that the hit caused secondary explosions that suggested the presence of weapons.
A senior defence officer who was also on the line stated that the strike’s particular goal was to target Revolutionary Guard-related installations in order to disrupt and weaken the capacities of those elements directly accountable for attacking American forces in the area. Both officials discussed their assessments of the strike while speaking under anonymity.
The defence official stated that the precision strike was planned and intended to prevent the violence in the area from getting worse. The military officer claimed that information about the attack was communicated to American military personnel in Syria via a deconfliction phone line connecting them to Russian forces.
The United States has targeted terrorist organisation installations twice in less than two weeks. These groups, many of which operate under the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which U.S. officials claim has carried out at least 40 such strikes since October 17.