Iran believed to be responsible for attack on U.S. base in Syria

Iran believed to be responsible for attack on U.S. base in Syria...
msn.com 26/10/2021 Military

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Iran is believed by the U.S. to be responsible for last week's attack on al-Tanf, a base in southern Syria where U.S. troops are located, according to a U.S. official.
U.S. officials confirm that five drones were launched from within Syria in the attack on al-Tanf.
Last week, U.S. Central Command called the attack "deliberate and coordinated," but no injuries were reported among U.S. troops, U.S. Central Command spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said in a statement on the day of the attack.
Previous attacks on U.S. troops in Syria have been carried out by militias backed by Iran, usually in Iraq, which always gave Iran a level of deniability, but in this case, it's Iran that is believed to bear direct responsibility.
There are about 200 U.S. military troops based at al-Tanf, which is controlled by Syrian opposition forces. American troops advise and train Syrian opposition forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, set up in 2014 to contain the threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Lately, Inherent Resolve has been transitioning to more of an advisory role to assist Iraq and opposition forces in Syria.
At the same time, the Biden administration has been trying to get Iran to return to nuclear negotiations. However, the special envoy to Iran, Robert Malley, said Monday that the patience of the U.S. and other countries with Iran's delay in returning to talks is "wearing thin," and diplomatic efforts are in a "critical place."
A significant United States Armed Forces presence at the Al-Tanft began in early 2016 during the American-led intervention in the Syrian Civil War in order to train anti-Islamic State fighters of the New Syrian Army rebel group, which was dissolved and reemerged as the Revolutionary Commando Army in December 2016. As of 2021, the al-Tanf base continues to serve as the headquarters for the Revolutionary Commando Army (Maghawir al-Thawra) and a contingent of at least 200 U.S. soldiers operating on behalf of the CJTF-OIR Coalition.
The presence of the American garrison in Syrian territory remains a controversial topic, as both the Syrian and Russian government consider the U.S. presence in al-Tanf illegal; the Syrian government has called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria, while Russia regularly criticizes the "uninvited" American presence in southeastern Syria. The U.S. has called the al-Tanf base a counter to the Russia–Syria–Iran coalition's residual influence in the area.
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