U.S. forces have struck another weapons storage facility in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated groups, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced Wednesday.
“This precision self-defense strike is a response to a series of attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by IRGC-Quds Force affiliates. The president has no higher priority than the safety of U.S. personnel, and he directed today’s action to make clear that the United States will defend itself, its personnel and its interests,” Austin said in a statement.
The strike by two F-15s marked the second time in recent days that U.S. forces had hit back at Iranian-backed groups. U.S. forces struck a weapons storage facility and an ammunition storage facility in eastern Syria used by Iran’s IRGC and affiliated groups early on October 27.