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US troops come under attack in Iraq and Syria in days after Soleimani death anniversary

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A base hosting U.S. troops at Baghdad's international airport came under rocket fire on Wednesday while indirect fire hit another base hosting U.S. troops in Syria, part of a string of attacks in the days after the anniversary of the death of top Iranian general Qassim Soleimani. Eight rounds of indirect fire hit the base in Syria run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, causing minor damage inside the base but no casualties. No damage or casualties were reported from the Iraq attack, military officials said.


US airstrikes fall 54 percent under Biden compared to Trump in 2020

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. President Biden's administration has been much less aggressive with U.S. military air power in 2021 than former President Donald Trump was last year, with strikes falling 54% as of mid-December. "The biggest take-home is that Biden has significantly decreased US military action across the globe," reads a report released Wednesday by Airwars, a not-for-profit organization that tracks military actions and civilian causalities across the world. It added that the drop in strikes has resulted in "far lower numbers of civilians allegedly killed by the US strikes."


US downs drone over Syria believed launched by Iranian-backed militias

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The U.S. military downed a drone deemed to have hostile intent Tuesday that was headed toward a base in southeast Syria that houses 200 American troops, a senior defense official told Fox News' Jennifer Griffin. Two unmanned aerial systems were spotted entering the At Tanf Garrison Deconfliction Zone located along the Iraq and Jordan-Syria border. One of the two drones traveled deeper into the zone and was shot down after "demonstrating hostile intent," Capt.


CENTCOM confirms drone strike targeted Al-Qaeda leader in Syria

FOX News

The House minority leader blasted Democratic leadership, saying the current policy is'creating another Syria' in the Middle East. The United States military conducted a drone strike in Syria targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader and planner, a CENTCOM spokesperson says. "U.S. forces conducted a kinetic strike near Idlib, Syria, December 3, targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader and planner," CENTCOM spokesperson Captain Bill Urban told Fox News Digital in a statement. "The strike was conducted using a precision strike method from MQ-9 aircraft." Urban added that an "initial review of this strike indicates the potential for possible civilian casualties."


A Blockbuster NYT Report on a Military Cover-Up Should Force the U.S. to Reassess How It Wages War

Slate

U.S. military commanders covered up an air strike over Syria that killed several dozen civilians, dishonestly portraying it as a successful attack against ISIS fighters and ignoring firm recommendations--filed by military lawyers--to investigate the strike as a war crime. The attack and subsequent cover-up--revealed in a long, extensively documented story in this weekend's New York Times--took place in 2019, during the final phase of the U.S. and allied campaign to oust the Islamic State from its self-declared caliphate in Syria. The Times report comes a few months after the final U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan in August, which Pentagon officials touted as halting a terrorist attack--but which in fact, as another Times investigation soon revealed, killed 10 civilians, none of whom had any connection to terrorists. Together, the two reports raise questions about the moral and strategic wisdom of launching airstrikes in areas where civilians and fighters routinely mix. These questions have been raised many times in the course of America's 20-year "global war on terror."


Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria

Boston Herald

U.S. officials say they believe Iran was behind the drone attack last week at the military outpost in southern Syria where American troops are based. Officials said Monday the U.S. believes that Iran resourced and encouraged the attack, but that the drones were not launched from Iran. They were Iranian drones, and Iran appears to have facilitated their use, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not been made public. Officials said they believe the attacks involved as many as five drones laden with explosive charges, and that they hit both the U.S. side of al-Tanf garrison and the side where Syrian opposition forces stay. There were no reported injuries or deaths as a result of the attack.


Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria

Al Jazeera

United States officials believe Iran was behind a drone attack last week at a military outpost at al-Tanf in southern Syria where American troops are based. Officials said Monday the US believes that Iran provided resources and encouraged the attack, but that the drones were not launched from Iran, The Associated Press news service reported. The drones were Iranian, and Iran appears to have facilitated their use, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not been made public. Officials said they believe the attacks involved as many as five drones laden with explosive charges, and that they hit both the US side of al-Tanf garrison and the side where Syrian opposition forces reside. There were no reported injuries or deaths as a result of the attack but it comes in a period of rising tensions between the US and Iran.


Senior al-Qaida leader killed in U.S. drone strike in Syria

The Japan Times

Washington – A senior al-Qaida leader was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday. The strike comes two days after a base in southern Syria, used by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, was assaulted. "A U.S. airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaida leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar," said Central Command spokesman Maj. There were no known casualties from the strike, he said, adding it was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft. "The removal of this al-Qaida senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks," he said.


US says it killed al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike

Al Jazeera

The US military has killed senior al Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria, a US Central Command spokesman said. "The removal of this al Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organisation's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," US Army Major John Rigsbee said in a written statement late on Friday. The strike comes two days after a US outpost in southern Syria was attacked. Rigsbee did not say if the US drone strike was carried out in retaliation of the attack.


US troops in Syria targeted with 'deliberate and coordinated' drone attack, no injuries reported

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. U.S. troops in Syria were targeted Thursday with a "deliberate and coordinated" drone attack, military officials told Fox News, saying that the U.S. has the "inherent right of self defense" and will "respond at a time and place of our choosing." Bill Urban confirmed that the al-Tanf Garrison area "was subjected to a deliberate and coordinated attack." "Based on initial reports, the attack utilized both unmanned aerial systems and indirect fire," Urban said.