US officials confirmed the launch of air strikes on armed groups in Syria backed by Iran in response to last Sunday's attack, which resulted in the deaths of 3 US soldiers.
ABC News quoted a US official as saying that US forces began carrying out strikes in Syria on Friday evening in response to the Jordanian attack, which Washington blamed on “the Islamic resistance in Iraq”.
Shortly after reports of raids targeting armed groups in rural areas of the cities of al-Mayadeen and al-Bukamal in the east of Deir ez-Zor governorate, a US official confirmed the launch of the strikes by President Joe Biden's administration. Syrian-Iraqi border.
For its part, Fox News quoted a defense official as saying that the US strikes in Syria were from multiple platforms, and that they were the beginning of a longer campaign to target pro-Iran groups in the coming days.
Syrian media reported that 3 members of militia groups affiliated with Syrian forces were killed in airstrikes in the al-Mayadeen countryside, while Syrian Kurdish media said the death toll as a result of airstrikes on eastern Syria had risen to 6, including Includes 3 Iraqis.
Sources told Al Jazeera that unidentified aircraft targeted sites south of al-Mayadeen city, noting that the bombing included the Hadariyah and al-Shibli areas.
A local source also said the raids took place around the town of Albukamal, east of Deir ez-Zor, near the Syrian-Iraqi border.
For its part, Syrian media reported hearing loud explosions at the US base at the al-Omar oil field in the Deir ez-Zor countryside.
The base has been repeatedly attacked by armed groups said to be supported by Iran.
Earlier on Friday, the Washington Post quoted a US official as saying that the options the United States was considering included targets in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
In this context, NBC quoted US officials as confirming that the military response to the killing of soldiers could continue for several days or weeks.
Officials said the upcoming operation would be Biden's strongest response to the militias, which have launched more than 150 attacks on US forces since the start of Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.