US military bases in Iraq, Syria targeted in drone attack, injuries reported

Minor injuries were reported at the Ain al-Asad air base.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
The Department of Defense announced that multiple US military bases in the Middle East have been the target of drone attacks as a result of escalation in the Israel-Hamas war. The DoD did not reveal the damage done to the bases, but confirmed that US servicemembers sustained minor injuries from the strike attacks. So far, drone attacks have occurred on US Military bases in Iraq and Syria.

On Wednesday, the US military intercepted a series of UAVs headed towards two separate US Military bases in Syria; the US Al-Tanf base located in southern Syria near the border between Iraq and Jordan, and the US Conoco base located near the northern Deir al-Zor region.

In addition, there were attempted drone attacks on two US military bases in Iraq on Wednesday, according to US Central Command.

US Central Command confirmed that the US military intercepted three one-way attack drones targeting two bases located in Iraq. Two drones targeted the Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq, while another drone targeted a base in northern Iraq, according to Fox News.

Minor injuries were reported from the attack on the Ain al-Asad air base.

"In the last 24 hours, the US military defended against three drones near US and Coalition forces in Iraq. In western Iraq, US forces engaged two drones, destroying one and damaging the second, resulting in minor injuries to Coalition forces. Separately in northern Iraq, US forces engaged and destroyed a drone, resulting in no injuries or damage.  We are continuing to assess the impacts to operations," USCENTCOM said.

"In this moment of heightened alert, we are vigilantly monitoring the situation in Iraq and the region. We want to emphasize US forces will defend US and Coalition forces against any threat," the command added.

There are currently 2,500 troops deployed to the military bases in Iraq and 900 troops deployed to the bases in Syria.

Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, the United States has been threatened by Middle Eastern terrorist groups pledging to attack if the US gets involved in the conflict.

On Wednesday, Biden visited Israel and reiterated that the United States will continue its allyship. The President also announced a $100 million humanitarian aid package to Hamas-ruled Gaza.

The State Department issued a worldwide travel advisory on Thursday, encouraging Americans to take extreme caution if they are overseas or planning to travel out of the country.

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