Several rockets were fired at a US military base in Syria, in the area of Al Shaddadi, about 50 kilometers south of the city of Al Hasakah, near the border with Iraq. The attack was confirmed by the US Central Command (Centcom) which in a statement said that two rockets "targeted coalition forces against the US base in Al Shaddadi", around 22:31 time local (20:31 in Italy). According to Centcom, "the attack did not cause injuries or damage to the base or property of the Global Coalition against the Islamic State".
The Centcom note also specifies that the Syrian Democratic Forces (the Kurdish Arab militias allied by the International Coalition) "visited the site of origin of the rocket and found a third rocket that was not fired". Centcom spokesman, Colonel Joe Buccino “Attacks of this kind put Coalition forces and the civilian population at risk and undermine the hard-won stability and security in Syria and the region,” it said in a statement. At the moment the origin of the rockets is not clear, but there is a suspicion that they were launched by Iranian-backed Shiite militias who had previously hit the same area east of the Euphrates River.
The missile attack also comes at the height of Operation "Sword and Claw" (Pence Kilic) launched by Turkey in northern Syria and northern Iraq. Ankara has targeted Kurdish groups in the two neighboring countries in retaliation for the attack that took place last November 13 in Istanbul which cost six dead and 80 wounded. Kurdish groups have denied any involvement in the attacks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last November 23 that he intends to order a ground operation in northern Syria to complete the so-called 30-kilometer deep buffer zone along Kurdish-majority areas in northern Syria long wanted by Ankara , but which has so far received opposition both from Russia, the main ally of President Bashar al Assad's forces, and from the United States, which instead supports the Kurdish-Arab militias.
On Nov. 23, the US Department of Defense expressed concern about attacks in northern Syria, Iraq and Turkey, warning it could threaten progress made to defeat the Islamic State (IS). "The recent air strikes in Syria have directly threatened the safety of US personnel who are working in Syria with local partners to defeat the Islamic State and maintain custody of more than XNUMX IS detainees," said Pentagon spokesman General Patrick Ryder.
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