Senior US defense officials tell Fox News Digital that there have been two new attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria.
At Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, a one-way attack drone was shot down near the base. No injuries or damage were reported.
The Al-Shaddadi patrol base in Syria was hit by multiple missiles, although no injuries or damage to infrastructure were reported.
The latest round of attacks brings the total number of attacks to at least 90 since October 17, which was less than two weeks after Israel’s war with Hamas.
An umbrella group of Iranian-backed Iraqi militants called the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attacks. The militants say their attacks are retaliation for Washington’s support for Israel and its military presence in Iraq and Syria.
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Iran exerts significant influence in Iraq, and a coalition of Iran-backed groups brought Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani to power in October 2022. At the same time, there are about 2,000 US troops in Iraq under an agreement with Baghdad, mainly to countering the Islamic State militant group.
Baghdad also relies heavily on Washington’s sanctions waivers to buy electricity from Iran, and since the 2003 US invasion, Iraq’s foreign currency reserves have been housed at the Federal Reserve, giving the Americans significant control over supply of dollars from Iraq.
The US and much of the international community, meanwhile, have sought to prevent the war in the besieged Gaza Strip from spreading across the region.
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Unlike Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, considered Iran’s most powerful proxy in the region, Iraqi militias have so far played only a limited role in the conflict.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.