WASHINGTON: The US forces deployed in Syria and Iraq have been attacked around 55 times during the past month, causing minor injuries to several of US personnel, the Pentagon stated Tuesday.
The US has blamed the spike in the current wave of violence on a militant group and carried out attacks on sites in Syria. Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said that since October 17 till today, they were tracking that there have been about 55 attacks on US troops. There have been around 27 assaults against US troops in Iraq and about 28 attacks in Syria,” Sabrina Singh added. According to Sabrina Singh as many as 59 US personnel were injured in these attacks.
US Personnel in Syria, Iraq Attacked 55 Times: Report
The increase in attacks on US personnel is linked to the war in Gaza, which started when the Palestinian group carried out a surprise attack on October 7. After the attack, the US rushed military assistance to Israel, which has conducted a relentless land, air, and naval strike on Gaza that the health ministry says has killed more than 11,300 people.
According to AFP, those deaths have sparked anger across the world. There are about 2,500 US troops in Iraq and some 900 personnel in Syria as part of efforts to strop a resurgence of the Daesh militant group. The militants once held significant area in both countries but were pushed back by local forces supported by international air strikes.