Militias take credit for multiple attacks on US military bases since the war in Gaza


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Baghdad/Beirut — Since the eruption of war in Gaza between Israel and Islamist Hamas earlier this month, pro-Iranian militias have claimed more than a dozen attacks on US bases in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

The so-called Islamic Resistance said in several online statements that they attacked US bases in Iraq and Syria with drones and missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been documenting violence in war-torn Syria since 2011, has counted seven attacks on targets of the US-led coalition fighting the terrorist militia Islamic State in Syria up to Thursday.

The Washington Institute, a US-based think tank, counted 18 attacks by Thursday, 11 of which were in Iraq.

The US military has not confirmed nor commented on these attacks.

However, the Pentagon recently said that there have been several drone attacks or attempted attacks on US military bases in both countries.

“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 US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement released on October 18. 

A CENTCOM spokesman told US broadcaster NBC that 24 US soldiers were slightly injured in the drone attacks on the al-Tanf base in southern Syria and the Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq.

The security situation throughout the region is tense because of the Gaza war, which began when Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7.

A US Navy destroyer in the Red Sea also shot down three cruise missiles and several drones that the US said were launched by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

“We are concerned about a possible escalation,” said US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.

What can currently be observed is the “prospect of a significant escalation of attacks” on US troops throughout the region.

The US has deployed additional weapon systems to the eastern Mediterranean, as well as several warships and air force squadrons, in view of a possible expansion of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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