Following a U.S. airstrike on an Iranian facility in Syria, American troops in the Middle East have been attacked four times by Iranian-backed groups. Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh reported that there have been 46 attacks since October 17, in response to the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas. The U.S. response has been aimed at being proportionate and focused on containing the conflict, with no intention of escalation.
- Recent Spike in Attacks: The U.S. troops have faced 46 attacks since October 17, with the latest ones following a U.S. airstrike on a weapons facility in Syria used by Iranian-backed militants.
- Nature of the Attacks: These attacks, occurring in Iraq and Syria, have predominantly involved explosive drones and rockets.
- U.S. Casualties and Response: There have been 56 troop injuries, mostly minor, with all service members returning to duty. The U.S. has indicated a readiness to respond if attacks on personnel continue.
- Broader Context of Conflict: The attacks have escalated following the breakout of war between Israel and Hamas, and the U.S. has increased its presence in the Middle East to address the situation.
- U.S. Strategy and Diplomatic Stance: The Pentagon emphasizes that its responses are proportionate and focused on containing the conflict between Israel and Hamas, without seeking to widen the conflict.