Two days of a duel of suicide bombers, fighter jets and missiles, the first of its kind between the United States and Iran, unfolded in eastern Syria on Thursday and Friday 24.3-23, After Tehran decided to start responding to the American attacks on IRGC bases and militias linked to the Iranian IRGC in Syria and Iraq.
This is the first time that the United States and Iran have clashed directly militarily on Syrian soil.
This conflict began on Thursday when militias associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards attacked with suicide drones a base of the American forces defending the Al-Omar oil field located in the Deir al-Azor area in north-eastern Syria near Hasaka Hasaka. An American contractor was killed and at least five American soldiers were injured.
BIn response to the attack, US Air Force F-15 fighter-bombers that came from bases in Iraq responded with a series of widespread attacks on bases of militias associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that were defined by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as ‘precision airstrikes’ precision airstrikes.
The American planes attacked three bases of the recommendations. A base near Deir al-Azor. There the militia’s weapons depots were attacked and destroyed. An intelligence base of the militias near the city of Mayadeen, and a third base of the militias near the city of Abu Kamal Boukamal. The American attack killed at least 11 people, including Iranians.
American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin said in Washington on Friday 3/24, ‘Because the (American) attacks were carried out today as a response to the attack and also to the attacks on the coalition forces in Syria through groups belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’, The airstrikes were conducted in response to today’s attack as well as a series of recent attacks against Coalition forces in Syria by groups affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
Austin pointed out that the one who made the decision to attack was President Joe Biden.
‘No group will attack our forces with impunity’, No group will strike our troops with impunity, Austin said.
This is the first time that the US Secretary of Defense mentions the name of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as being linked to the targets that the United States attacked.
On Friday, the Iranian militias returned and attacked the American forces defending the Al Omar oil field with missiles. This is the first time that Tehran attacked American targets in response to the American attack. It is clear that Tehran is trying to dictate a situation here in which any American attack will be met with an Iranian response attack.
Commander of US CENTCOM Central Command General Michael Kurilla US Army Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla He said: ‘We are preparing a series of options in the face of the possibility of further Iranian attacks’. We are postured for scalable options in the face of any additional Iranian attacks.
In an appearance on Thursday before the Armed Forces Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington, General Korilla said ‘Because the Iranian drone fleet is the largest and has the greatest performance capability of unmanned vessels in the region.’ Iran’s drone fleet had become the largest and most capable unmanned aerial vehicle force in the region. As someone who is well acquainted with the Israeli drone fleet and its capabilities, this comment by General Kurila should turn on many red lights in Israel.
There is no doubt that the Iranian willingness to respond to any American attack indicates a change in the Iranian conflict with the United States. Iran feels that its position in the region has strengthened after it signed reconciliation agreements with Saudi Arabia mediated by China.