The U.S. military conducted airstrikes at two locations in Syria connected with Iran.
The two locations, destroyed on Sunday, followed multiple attacks by Iranian-backed groups on U.S. military bases in the region.
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“The President has no higher priority than the safety of US personnel, and he directed today’s action to make clear that the United States will defend itself, its personnel, and its interests,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement.
"The strikes targeted a training facility near Abu Kamal and a safe house near Mayadin. One site included weapons storage, a US official told the Associated Press," the report added.
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"The Pentagon did not provide any details on the damage caused by the strikes, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said eight members of Iran-backed militias were killed in the attack," the BBC reported.
"Seven others were injured, SOHR said. Most of the victims were non-Syrian nationals," it continued.
More than 40 attacks have occurred on U.S. military bases in the Middle East since the Hamas terror attacks on Oct. 7. Over 50 U.S. personnel have reportedly experienced injuries.
The airstrikes sought to shut down future attacks, including the destruction of weapons that could be used by the terror groups.
The operations also send a clear message to Iran that ongoing conflicts from its proxy groups will not go without a response.
The ongoing battle is unlikely to end soon, however, as Iran continues to exert its influence in attacks against Israel and the U.S. following the October attacks that killed over 1,400 people and resulted in over 240 hostages taken into Gaza.