US Armed Forces Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Following Drone Strike That Resulted in Death of US Worker

The Pentagon announced that retaliatory airstrikes had been conducted in eastern Syria against Iranian-backed groups in retaliation for a drone attack that had taken place previously. This attack resulted in the death of an American contractor and the injury of five US service members and another person. Additionally, the assault using a drone resulted in five US service members and one contractor sustaining injuries.

Yesterday afternoon, a maintenance facility on a Coalition base close to Hasakah in northeast Syria was hit by an unmanned aerial vehicle, leading to the death of one US contractor and the injury of five US service members and an additional US contractor, as the Pentagon mentioned in a statement.

According to officials, two injured service members were treated in place, while the other four were taken to medical facilities operated by the Coalition in Iraq. 

The statement revealed that a one-way attacking drone originated from Iran, based on the assessment of US intelligence.

“At the direction of President [Joe] Biden, I authorized US Central Command forces to conduct precision airstrikes tonight in eastern Syria against facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC),” Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said in the statement, issued late Thursday.