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Persistent Attacks on U.S. Forces in Iraq and Syria: Pentagon Responds

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in attacks on U.S. forces stationed in Iraq and Syria, predominantly carried out by Iranian-backed militants. Despite the United States’ response and claims of deterrence effectiveness, the assaults persist, raising concerns about regional stability.

Overview of Attacks

In less than a month, Iranian-backed groups have targeted U.S. troops over 56 times in Iraq and Syria, with at least five attacks occurring after the U.S. struck two facilities used by Iran and its affiliated militias in Syria. The most recent incident involved a multi-rocket attack in close proximity to Mission Support Site Euphrates in eastern Syria.

U.S. Defense Stance

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh emphasized that the U.S. sees deterrence as effective. Despite acknowledging ongoing attacks, Singh stressed the deliberate and strategic nature of U.S. responses. The military’s goal is to send a strong message to Iran and its affiliates to cease hostilities and avoid the escalation of the conflict into a broader regional crisis.

Assessment of Deterrence

While U.S. officials maintain that deterrence is working, some senators, including Senator Lindsey Graham, argue for a more robust response. A bipartisan group expressed gratitude that there have been no American fatalities but called for increased action against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Graham specifically proposed targeting IRGC training bases and infrastructure inside Iran if threats to U.S. troops persist.

Injuries and Potential Threats

More than 50 Americans suffered minor injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, in these attacks. Officials reported that a drone crashed into a barracks housing U.S. troops at Irbil Air Base last month, although it failed to detonate. Had it exploded, several troops could have been injured or killed.

Expert Perspectives

Retired General Frank McKenzie, former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, believes that the reduction of U.S. forces in the region has emboldened Iran. He asserts that Iran’s primary objective is the removal of the United States from the region, leading to the recent spike in attacks.

The situation underscores the complex dynamics between the U.S. and Iran in the Middle East. As diplomatic and military strategies continue to evolve, the focus remains on preventing further escalation and safeguarding the well-being of American troops stationed in the region.

Source – VOA News


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Meet Shafeek Ahmad, a dedicated news writer at HTBS News, with a passion for unearthing stories that matter. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate and engaging news, Shafeek is a trusted source of information. Bringing years of experience to the table, Shafeek's writing is a blend of expertise and storytelling. In an era of fast-paced news cycles, Shafeek's articles stand out for their precision and commitment to journalistic integrity.
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