Iran-backed attacks on U.S. forces in Syria, Iraq ceased – Pentagon

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – U.S. Department of Defense said on Tuesday attacks by Iranian-backed militias against American troops and bases in Syria and Iraq have ceased since Feb.4.

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said a press briefing, “We have not seen attacks in Iraq and Syria since February 4th.”

On Feb. 2, U.S. forces launched airstrikes on seven facilities of Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq in response to a drone attack on Tower 22 base in northeast Jordan on Jan. 28. The attack resulted in the killing of three American soldiers and the injury of 40 others.

U.S. forces were subjected to over 170 attacks in Iraq and Syria since October 2023 by Iranian-backed militias.

She pointed out they are aware that Iran continues to support “whether it be IRGC-backed militias in Iraq and Syria, the Houthis, Hezbollah.”

Singh added that even though attacks in Syria and Iraq stopped, however, “We have seen certainly an uptick over the weekend in attacks from the Houthis on U.S. forces and commercial shipping.”

Singh stressed that the U.S will continue to “hold those responsible for the attacks on our service members who lost their lives in Jordan.  And if there are attacks we will continue to hold those accountable.”

By Stella Youssef