The United States disclosed that it executed air raids in eastern Syria, aiming at infrastructure facilities used by groups connected with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
In a communique on Wednesday, the US military’s Central Command noted that the raids in Syria’s Deir Az Zor were directed by President Joe Biden.
There was no immediate reaction from Syria’s government.
The Central Command noted that the raids “took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties”.
It did not mention the targets nor give any casualty figures from the attacks.
“Today’s strikes were necessary to protect and defend US personnel,” Central Command Spokesperson Colonel Joe Buccino disclosed in the statement.
The colonel added the attack was in reaction to an August 15 attack targeting US forces.
That attack saw drones reportedly orchestrated by Iranian-backed militias target the al-Tanf Garrison used by US forces. The Central Command portrayed the attack as causing “zero casualties and no damage” at the time.
Deir Az Zor is a strategic province that borders Iraq and contains oil fields.
Iran-backed militia groups and Syrian forces control the area and have often been the target of Israeli warplanes in previous raids.
US forces entered Syria in 2015, backing allied forces in their fight against the ISIL (ISIS) group.