Breaking news has come in on Sunday, November 5 that U.S. forces have successfully shot down another attack drone that was targeting American and coalition troops near a base in Tel Baider, Syria. This latest attack marks 32 attacks total on U.S. and coalition military facilities located in the Middle East since October 17.
To date, 21 service members have been injured but returned to duty, according to the Pentagon.
The attack was carried out with kamikaze drone which appears to be "Khatif-1" pattern loitering munition designed by #Iran ????????.
— War Noir (@war_noir) November 5, 2023
Iran is believed to be ultimately responsible for these aggressive actions as they are being conducted by proxy groups. This increasing aggression follows recent escalations in tensions across the region due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The US has consequently moved an additional 1,200 troops to the Middle East with objectives of supporting Israel, deterring further hostilities from occurring and protecting other American forces in the region.
As Iran’s militias continue their rocket and other attacks on US military bases in Iraq and Syria, it has become clear that they will take advantage of any opportunity — such as the Gaza conflict — to further destabilize the Middle East region. Already a retaliatory strike has been launched against them by US forces, yet this is clearly not enough of a deterrent for them to cease their aggression against Americans stationed abroad.
The Resistance in Iraq fire drones at the US occupation's base at Tal Baydar in Al-Hasakah, Syria: pic.twitter.com/EENOL9xaOg
— Richard Medhurst (@richimedhurst) November 5, 2023
The Associated Press News reported on the incident:
“U.S. forces shot down another one-way attack drone Sunday that was targeting American and coalition troops near their base in Tel Baider, Syria, a U.S. official said on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the strike.
There was no information immediately available on the origin of the attack drone, but it marked at least the 32nd attack on U.S. and coalition military facilities in Iraq and Syria since Oct. 17. To date there have been at least 17 attacks in Iraq and 15 in Syria. At least 21 servicemembers have been injured by the attacks but all have returned to duty, the Pentagon said.”