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US-Backed Kurdish Fighters Killed in Drone Strike on Syria Base Amid Rising Tensions

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By manpreet maan

In a concerning development, at least six US-backed Kurdish fighters were killed in a drone strike on a US base in eastern Syria, a facility that was recently targeted by US airstrikes. The incident, claimed by an Iranian-backed militia known as the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI), adds to the escalating conflict in the Middle East, with repercussions for regional stability.

US-Backed Kurdish Fighters Killed in Drone Strike on Syria Base Amid Rising Tensions

Attack on Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces

The attack occurred at the commando academy within a US base at al-Omar oilfield in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, resulting in the death of six Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), known for their role in combating ISIS. The IRI, a group opposing US presence in Syria and Iraq, claimed responsibility for the strike.

Ongoing Regional Unrest

The al-Omar base, a significant hub for the US-led coalition, has been a focal point since its establishment in 2014 to counter ISIS. Recent events indicate the spillover of conflict across the Middle East, heightening tensions in the wake of the Gaza war.

US Response and Multi-Layered Assault

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned that recent strikes were part of a multi-layered assault aimed at diminishing the capabilities of Iranian-backed militias. The attacks targeted over 85 locations, intending to prevent further threats to US personnel following the January 27 attack in Jordan.

Concerns and Criticisms

Retired Colonel Joe Buccino expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the US strikes, stating concerns about their impact on regional stability. He suggested that the Biden administration’s risk aversion might lead to increased demands for the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq.

Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Response

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani condemned the US attacks, labeling them a violation of the national sovereignty of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. He criticized the US and the UK for not understanding the region’s complexities and diverting attention from the Palestinian crisis.

Broader Regional Developments

The situation further complicates as Houthi fighters in Yemen claim responsibility for targeting Israeli ships. Italy, part of an EU Red Sea naval mission, faces threats from the Houthis if it participates in actions against Yemen. The EU mission aims to protect commercial ships but not engage in strikes against the Houthis.

Stay tuned for ongoing updates on the evolving situation in the Middle East and its impact on regional dynamics.

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