WASHINGTON, D.C.: Since Tuesday, there have been three attacks on the US forces in Iraq and Syria, totalling 58 attacks on US troops since October 17, according to the Pentagon.
Despite concerns about waiting for casualties before stronger action, Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh stated that the Pentagon is not holding back. Nearly 60 US service members have been injured in the increased attacks following the US force posture changes in the Middle East.
The deployment of troops, warships, and fighter jets was ordered after a significant attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7.
The US has publicly responded three times, defending its policy and claiming that the attacks have been unsuccessful in causing significant injuries.
Although there have been over 30 attacks in Iraq, the US has not retaliated inside the country against fighters and militants.
The most recent retaliatory attack by the US destroyed a warehouse and training facility the Pentagon said was being used by fighters in Syria. Despite being targeted in Iraq more than thirty times, the US has not yet responded inside Iraq against fighters and militants.
Singh further added that the US believes it has been “very effective in responding and sending a message to Iran.”