On Friday, after the United States killed eight terrorists in retaliatory airstrikes near the Al-Omar oil field in Syria, Iran-backed proxy groups launched missiles toward a U.S. military installation in the area.
John Kirby, the White House’s national security spokesperson, said the missile assault on Friday was ineffectual. According to Reuters’s reporting, no injuries occurred on American soil.
The United States has previously carried out attacks against what it claimed were Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps targets. (IRGC). Eight terrorists were killed when American airstrikes targeted a weapons storage facility, a command center, and an information gathering facility, as reported by The New York Times.
On Thursday afternoon, a drone of “Iranian origin” attacked a U.S. coalition installation, killing one American service member. In addition to the contractor, five American servicemen were hurt in the incident.
According to an interview with CNN that Kirby gave on Friday morning, the deceased contractor’s family was informed the previous evening. The worker was a native-born United States citizen.
Kirby assured the public that American troops and bases would be safe despite the terrible attack. He stated that Iran has been warned by the United States not to participate in any terrorist assaults on U.S.-led forces in Syria or anywhere else. But, he said, Iran has kept arming and training extremists in Syria.
When asked if the drone strike will lead to war with Iran, Kirby answered that it would not.
War with Iran is not what we want. Kirby emphasized that the United States is not seeking a military battle with that country or another war in the area. “We do work to ensure that our people and facilities are secure from these Iranian-backed groups,” the statement reads. Iran is providing financial support, material support, and even training to these armed organizations. We retaliated last night against several of the locations in Syria where Iran and the IRGC are known to be storing and distributing weapons, as well as conducting training and other activities.
In Syria, militants often target U.S. personnel. The Pentagon thinks that 78 assaults on American forces have been conducted out by Iranian-backed militias since 2021.
According to the Times, the United States has around 900 soldiers and hundreds more contractors in Syria, fighting with Kurdish forces to prevent the Islamic State, which ruled over most of Syria and Iraq in 2014, from reestablishing itself. The Islamic State has been driven from much of its land, but terrorist organizations are still active and attacking coalition forces.