published : 2023-11-09

42 reported attacks on US forces in wake of Israel-Hamas war: official

American forces targeted with rockets in Syria, Iraq

A U.S. military base under attack in Syria (taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

A U.S. defense official has revealed that there have been a total of 42 attacks on American military bases since October 17.

These attacks came as a response to the war between Israel and Hamas, which started about a week before.

The most recent attacks, which occurred on Wednesday, did not cause any injuries or infrastructure damage.

One of the incidents took place at the al-Shaddadi base in Syria, while the other happened near the Baghdad Embassy Complex in Iraq.

Both attacks involved multiple rockets being fired at American and coalition forces.

American soldiers on high alert at the al-Shaddadi base (taken with Nikon D850)

It is suspected that these groups are backed by Iran, as militants have been using one-way drones and rockets.

In retaliation for the attack in Syria, U.S. military forces conducted an airstrike on a weapons facility in the country.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that this strike was a self-defense measure against IRGC-Quds Force affiliates responsible for previous attacks on U.S. personnel.

President Biden made it clear that the safety of U.S. personnel is of utmost importance and directed this action to defend American interests.

Additionally, it has been confirmed that a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone was shot down by Iranian-backed Houthis near the coast of Yemen.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin addressing the press about the recent airstrikes (taken with Sony A7R III)

The incident is currently being assessed by U.S. Central Command officials.

The last time a MQ-9 Reaper was shot down by the Houthis was in June 2019.

Interestingly, the Biden administration removed the Houthis from the U.S. list of terrorist groups in 2021.

These recent developments highlight the ongoing tensions and conflicts in the Middle East region.