Attack hits Syria base that houses U.S. troops; no U.S. injuries

Attack hits Syria base that houses US troops; no US injuries
Green Berets fire .50 caliber machine guns on Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations from their M-ATV Special Forces Vehicles during a readiness exercise near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, April 12, 2020. Coalition and partner forces regularly train on various weapons systems in a joint effort to defeat Daesh remnants in southern Syria and help set conditions for the enduring defeat of Daesh. Photo credit U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. William Howard

A military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday, but U.S. officials said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed.

Initial reports said the attack appeared to include two drone strikes and a small number of rockets. One official said one of the drone strikes hit the U.S. side of the al-Tanf garrison, while one may have hit the side where Syrian opposition forces are based.

U.S. and coalition troops are based at al-Tanf to train Syrian forces on patrols to counter Islamic State militants.

The base is also located on a road serving as a vital link for Iranian-backed forces from Tehran all the way to southern Lebanon and Israel.

The officials said there was no information on whether local Syrian forces were injured or killed in the attack. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.

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