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US Airstrikes Hit Syria

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US Central Command says strikes hit Iranian backed militias

Iran begin massive drone exercise Wednesday

The United States Central Command has said Wednesday that its air assets struck Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps affiliated militias bases in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria.

There was no immediate acknowledgment by Syria’s state-run media of the strikes hitting . Iran as well did not acknowledge the attack.

Strike. A U.S. Air Force F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, taxis after landing on Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, July 26, 2022.

Opposition war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activist collective Deir Ezzor 24 said the airstrikes targeted the Ayash Camp run by the Fatimiyoun group made up of Shiite fighters from Afghanistan. The war monitor reported that at least six Syrian and foreign militants were killed in the airstrikes.

“At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted precision airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor Syria today. These precision strikes are intended to defend and protect U.S. forces from attacks like the ones on August 15 against U.S. personnel by Iran-backed groups. The U.S. strikes targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.” Colonel Joe Buccino Central Command spokesman said in a statement.

Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyar

The U.S. military’s Central Command said the strikes “took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties.” It did not identify the targets, nor offer any casualty figures from the strikes, which the military said came at the orders of President Joe Biden.

“Today’s strikes were necessary to protect and defend U.S. personnel,” Central Command spokesman Col. Joe Buccino said in a statement.“

Also on Wednesday, Deputy Coordinator of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyar announced drone drills will begin Wednesday, simultaneously with the National Government Week participated by all the four branches of the Iranian Army.

Sayyari said that drones made by the Army, the Defense Ministry will be tested in the drills, some of which are made with cooperation of knowledge-based companies.     

The accuracy and power of weapons, the degree of flight continuity, the capabilities of guidance and control systems, and the combat capabilities of drones are among the things that are evaluated in this exercise, the official said.

He said that over 150 drones will participate in the drills.

Source CENTCOM/IRNA

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