U.S. Base in Syria Attacked by Iran-Backed Militants

Pentagon commits to “push back against Iran’s support for terrorism.“

In a briefing, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said three American service members were injured in Syria in two separate rocket attacks by suspected Iran-backed militants on Wednesday. These latest attacks on U.S. personnel appear to be linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.  

Earlier, the U.S. military had launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed groups in eastern Syria. According to CENTCOM, the U.S. military strikes were in response to an attack against American personnel by Iran-backed groups on August 15. Tehran has denied any involvement. 

The attacks have been exchanged as American, European, and Iranian officials hold negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. 

Undersecretary Kahl said the U.S. military strikes in eastern Syria illustrated “our commitment to push back against Iran’s support for terrorism, militancy, and the threats that they engage in against our people in the region or elsewhere, are not linked to whatever we end up on the nuclear deal.” 

“We’re not going to tolerate attacked by Iran-backed forces on our forces anywhere in the world to include Syria, and we won’t hesitate to protect ourselves and take additional measures as appropriate,” Undersecretary Kahl said. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Undersecretary Kahl as he fulfills his role crafting policy in the Defense Department.
  • For wisdom for General Kurilla as he heads the U.S. Central Command.
  • For Pentagon officials as they assess actions and events occurring in the Middle East.

Sources: Axios, Military.com


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