Attack hits Syria base that houses US troops

Attack hits Syria base that houses US troops

US base in Syria used to train opposition forces is hit by drone strike and ‘ground fire’ in ‘coordinated attack’ – but officials say no troops were injured or killed

  • The US base in Al-Tanf, Syria, was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday
  • The attacked reportedly involved a drone strike and possible groundfire
  • No US troops were injured and it is not clear who carried out the attack
  • The base is used to train local Syrian forces against the Islamic State 


A military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday, but a US official said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed.

The official said the attack appeared to include at least one drone strike and possibly groundfire at the base in Al-Tanf, Syria. It was not yet clear who carried out the attack.

US and coalition troops are based at the Al-Tanf garrison to train local Syrian opposition forces on patrols to counter Islamic State militants.

The US base in Al-Tanf, Syria, was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday

The base is also located on a road serving as a vital link for Iranian-backed forces from Tehran to all the way to southern Lebanon and Israel.

The official said there was no information on whether local forces were injured or killed in the attack. 

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

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