In retaliation for a drone attack that Iranian forces carried out earlier in the day on a coalition base, which resulted in the death of one America and the wounding of several other American service-members, the United States military reportedly carried out several precision airstrikes in Syria on Thursday.
According to reports, these airstrikes killed eight Iranians.
According to the Department of Defense, one American contractor was killed after an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps collided with a structure in Hasakah in northeast Syria at around 1:38 p.m. local time.
In addition, five US service men and one American contractor were injured as a result of the incident.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which acts as a war monitor for the opposition, at least eight Iranian militants were killed as a result of two of the US attacks.
Six Iranian-backed fighters were killed after a United States aircraft targeted a weapons stockpile in Harabesh, which is located in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.
According to the Observatory, which gets its information from local Syrian sources, a second bombardment by the United States at a checkpoint near the town of Mayadeen resulted in the deaths of two further fighters.
While three of the wounded service personnel and the injured contractor were sent to medical facilities in Iraq that were operated by the Coalition, the other two injured service members received treatment in the location where they were injured.
The commander of CENTCOM, General Michael Kurilla, stated that the United States maintains a state of readiness to react against any such assaults on United States soldiers.
There are still around 900 US forces now stationed in Syria in spite of opposition to their presence from Syria’s official government.