A US contractor was killed, and five US service members and a contractor were injured in a suicide drone strike on a coalition base in northeastern Syria.
The US Department of Defense stated that the drone was believed to be of Iranian origin. In response, the US carried out airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets in the region, which an activist group reported killed fighters on the ground.
Following the attack, another US military base in Syria was targeted by a rocket attack, though no casualties were reported. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the airstrikes against facilities linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were authorized by President Biden in response to the recent attacks on coalition forces.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 11 fighters were killed in the US airstrikes, which included six Iranian-backed militiamen in the Harabesh district, three fighters in Boukamal, and two in Mayadeen. The US has previously targeted Iranian-affiliated groups in Syria during the Biden administration.
General Michael "Erik" Kurilla, commander of US Central Command, informed Congress that 78 attacks on facilities housing US troops in Iraq and Syria have taken place since January 2021, primarily carried out by Iran or Iranian-backed proxies.