US hits Iranian proxy forces in Syria with airstrikes, in retaliation for attacks on its troops

27 October 2023, 05:29 | Updated: 27 October 2023, 06:49

The US has hit Iran-backed forces in Syria
The US has hit Iran-backed forces in Syria. Picture: US Department of Defence/Getty

By Kit Heren

The US has hit two locations in Syria linked to the Iranian military after its troops suffered several attacks in recent days.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The strikes, which took place at around 1.30am UK time (4.30am local time) targeted weapons and ammunition storage facilities used by Iranian forces, US officials said.

The weapons stores were in Abu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq. The precision strikes were carried out by F-16 fighter jets.

It is unclear if anyone was killed or wounded in the attacks.

US bases and personnel in the region have come under fire from drones and missiles in a series of attacks that began at the start of last week.

Read more: Israel releases unedited bodycam footage of Hamas attacks to prove ‘magnitude of atrocities committed’

Read more: Keir Starmer calls for ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Gaza amid Labour infighting after comments to LBC

US F16 dropped the bombs
US F16 dropped the bombs. Picture: Getty

The Pentagon wants to deter future Iranian-backed attackers from doing anything, with tensions in the region inflamed because of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

US military bosses said at least 16 attacks on staff in bases in Iraq and Syria since October 17.

Two of those attacks resulted in 21 injuries.

Defence secretary Lloyd Austin said the "precision self-defence strikes are a response to a series of ongoing and mostly unsuccessful attacks against US personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-backed militia groups that began on October 17".

Mr Austin said that Joe Biden authorised the attacks "to make clear that the United States will not tolerate such attacks and will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests".

Sunak and Biden in joint push with allies to prevent Israel-Hamas war spreading

He claimed that the strikes had nothing to do with Israel and its conflict with Hamas, adding that the US does not want a wider regional war.

The US has been warning that it may take retaliatory action for the strikes, with Air Force brigadier general Pat Ryder saying that any response would be "at the time and place of our choosing".

He also said: "I think we've been crystal clear that we maintain the inherent right of defending our troops and we will take all necessary measures to protect our forces and our interests overseas".

The attacks on US troops began after the deadly explosion at a Gaza hospital that Israel, the US, the UK and others say was a missile mis-fired from within Gaza.

Hamas said it was an Israeli airstrike, and the incident triggered protests in some Muslim-majority countries.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Two men look at flames after a natural gas pipeline explodes outside the city of Boroujen in Iran (Reza Kamali Dehkordi/AP)

Iran accuses Israel of attack that saw explosions strike natural gas pipeline

People clean debris after a reported Israeli attack on Syria (Omar Sanadiki/AP)

Two dead after Israeli missiles ‘hit residential area’ in Syria

The BT Tower

BT Tower to be sold off for £275 million and turned into hotel, with Garden Bridge architect attached

President Joe Biden greets Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport ((Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Biden to launch cybersecurity rules for US ports amid vulnerability concerns

Barnaby Webber's mother hit out at police who shared details about on her son's death

Nottingham attack victim's mother 'horrified' at 'abhorrent voyeurism' after police share graphic details of dead son

Israeli soldiers drive a tank near the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

Israeli strikes across Gaza kill at least 67 Palestinians overnight

Indian farmers who have been protesting for a week to demand guaranteed crop prices wait to march to New Delhi (Altaf Qadri/AP)

Police fire tear gas as Indian farmers resume protest march after talks fail

Alec Baldwin-Set Shooting

Rust armourer set to go on trial after fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin

Ewen MacIntosh has died aged 50

Ricky Gervais leads tributes to Keith from The Office as Ewen MacIntosh dies aged 50

An LBC investigation has found 745 prison officers resigned before completing 12 months as qualified staff.

Hundreds of prison officers quit within one year as prison service operates 'fanciful' Zoom recruitment process

Police are attempting to track down these two men

Woman dragged down London bus steps and assaulted after she and her friends reject advances of two men

Emily Lockley died after giving birth to her baby with Tyler Collinson

Tragedy as 'totally healthy woman', 26, who dreamed of being a mother, 'died just hours after giving birth to baby boy'

A portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny left in tribute to him by his mother Lyudmila Navalnaya (AP)

Alexei Navalny’s mother launches court action demanding release of his body

Robin Windsor was 'found dead in a London hotel'

Strictly star Robin Windsor 'was found dead in hotel in London' after 'troubling incident' over New Year

Pablo Neruda sits in Paris in October 1971 (Michel Lipchitz/AP)

Death of poet Pablo Neruda after 1973 coup should be reinvestigated, court rules

Victoria Atkins said Martha's Rule would be 'a second pair of eyes'

‘It should be easier to ask for help’: Health Secretary says Martha’s Rule is a 'step forward for patient safety'