Experts: Military Facilities Targeted by US in Syria Were Vital for Iran

Voice of America News reports: “Targets in Syria hit by U.S. airstrikes earlier this week were critical facilities for Iranian-linked groups operating in the country, experts said.

The U.S. military said late Tuesday it carried out strikes in eastern Syria against ‘infrastructure facilities used by groups linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC].’

‘Today’s strikes were necessary to protect and defend U.S. personnel. The United States took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties,’ U.S. Central Command Communication Director Colonel Joe Buccino said in a statement Tuesday.

The U.S. official added that the airstrikes in the province of Deir el-Zour were carried out to protect U.S. forces from attacks, including one on August 15 in eastern Syria, which the U.S. said involved a drone that targeted a compound run by U.S. troops and U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters.

The military has not said whether the strikes resulted in any casualties. Iran on Wednesday denied having any links to those targeted in the U.S. airstrikes in Syria…”

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