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US Forces Conduct Drills in Bases Attacked by Iran

US Forces Conduct Drills in Bases Attacked by Iran

Saturday, 9 April, 2022 - 09:45
US forces and SDF soldiers conduct training exercises in the countryside of Deir Ezzor. (AFP)

The US-led international coalition forces conducted military maneuvers and training in the vicinity of Al-Omar oil field in northeastern Syria, after their base came under missile attacks in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The US Army Central Command (Centcom) announced that four US soldiers were slightly wounded in the missile attack targeting, at dawn on Thursday, a base used by the anti-ISIS coalition in the Deir Ezzor region.

The rockets struck two support buildings at the Green Village base in Deir Ezzor province run by allied Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, where the US and coalition partners maintain a mission against the remnants of ISIS.

“At this time, four US service members are being evaluated for minor injuries and possible traumatic brain injuries,” the Central Command said in a statement.

Meanwhile, armored vehicles and dozens of US soldiers and coalition forces participated in the maneuvers, with the presence of SDF fighters. Heavy weapons and missiles were used during the drills, and training strikes were carried out on fake targets with mortars and anti-tank launchers.

In a related development, the international coalition forces reinforced their military bases in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. Two shipments of weapons arrived at the Al-Omar oil field and the Conoco gas plant, which included logistical and military equipment.

Last month, the coalition forces received five shipments of weapons and military vehicles in their bases in the north-east of the country. The reinforcements coincided with mounted tension between the US army and the IRGC-backed militias.

Separately, unidentified gunmen targeted an SDF checkpoint in the town of Dhiban, east of Deir Ezzor, which resulted in violent clashes between the two sides. Eyewitnesses and local websites said that the gunmen raised Syrian government flags on electric poles.

For its part, Turkey continued its attacks on positions controlled by the SDF in northeastern Syria in the countryside of Aleppo.

A new wave of clashes erupted among pro-Turkey armed factions in the two areas known as Peace Spring in northeastern Syria, and Olive Branch in Afrin, located in the Aleppo Governorate.

Fighting with machine guns took place between the Turkish-backed King Shah and Hamza divisions in the village of Tal Halaf in the Ras al-Ain countryside, as a result of disputes over migrant smuggling to Turkey. No information was received about human losses.

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