US forces in Syria were attacked by multiple rockets on Monday, officials said, following US airstrikes targeting pro-Iran militias in Syria and Iraq.
No injuries were reported and the damage was still being assessed, said Army Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve.
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In response, US forces “acted in self-defense and conducted counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launch positions,” he said.
The attack occurred just before 7:45 p.m. local time. No further information was provided.
Pro-Iranian militias claim to have fired rockets at a US base in response to the airstrikes, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The airstrikes targeted “facilities used by Iranian-backed militias” near the Iraq-Syria border.
“The United States has taken necessary, appropriate and deliberate measures designed to limit the risk of escalation, but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
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Kirby said the US military has targeted three operational and weapons storage facilities – two in Syria and one in Iraq. In its posting of videos of the Air Force’s F-15 and F-16 strikes, the Pentagon described a target as a coordination center for the shipment and transfer of advanced conventional weapons.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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