Two US-led coalition members injured in east Syria attack

Two US-led coalition members injured in east Syria attack
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Two members of the US-led coalition in Syria have been injured by artillery in its base in Dei ez-Zor, which was hit for the first time since January.
Two US military members sustained injuries following an attack on the US military base in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria [Getty]

Artillery hit a base housing US troops in eastern Syria early Thursday, lightly injuring two members of the US-led coalition there, the organisation said.

The attack- which consisted of two rounds of indirect fire- was the first to hit the base in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province since January, when eight rounds landed inside its perimeter.

The International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve said troops at Green Village in the province that borders Iraq reported receiving two rounds of indirect fire. Two Coalition members were lightly injured in the attack, it added, saying that both were treated and returned to duty Thursday morning.

Green Village, just east of the Euphrates River, is an installation used by some of the several hundred US forces in Syria.

The coalition said the incoming rounds ignited two fires which were quickly extinguished.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said five rockets were fired early Thursday from positions where Iran-backed fighters are based.

Hundreds of US troops are stationed in northeastern Syria, working with the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to fight against the Islamic State group.

Thousands of Iran-backed militiamen from around the Middle East are deployed in different parts of Syria, many of them in areas along the border with Iraq.

Iran sent thousands of fighters it backs from around the Middle East to fight alongside Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s forces during Syria’s 11-year conflict. They helped tip the balance of power in his favour.