US strikes back Iraq-Syria facilities in response to drone attacks

11:56, 28 June 2021
US strikes back Iraq-Syria facilities in response to drone attacks Photo: Handout/ Look Press

The United States has made air strikes against Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border area. The targets of the strike were “operation and weapons storage facilities”, in response to unmanned air objects which had made attacks on US forces, the Pentagon said in its statement.

The number of the deceased after the US’s attack – 5. These 5 who were killed in Syria were militia fighters, according to the monitoring group. The Pentagon itself hasn't shared any information about victims yet. Syrian news agency Sana stated that among victims of the strike was also a child who died and minimum of three people were wounded.

This was a second authorization of air strikes by President Biden against Iran-backed militias since he had assumed office in January. The American troops of a 2,500 fighters are based in Syria as part of an international coalition fighting the jihadist ISIL group.

In general, the Sunday’s strikes hit two targets in Syria and one in Iraq, according to Iran-backed militia groups, according to the Pentagon. These facilities, hit by the US, have been used by Iran-backed militia groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhana.

Katain Hezbolla is known to be a religious group, originated in 2006-2007, acting in Syria and Iraq. It is also the group which follows Shiite ideology.

Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhana (KSS) formed in May 2013. The Shiite militant group conducts its operations both in Iraq and Syria. The goal of this group, as it stated earlier, is to protect Shiite shrines and Mosques “around the globe”. KSS has publicly announced that it looks for the liberation of Jerusalem and the protection of Iran’s unity.