US troops come under fire in Syria after weekend airstrikes

US troops come under fire in Syria after weekend airstrikes
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U.S. forces in Syria came under fire on Monday, a day after the Pentagon launched airstrikes on Iran-backed militia groups on the Iraq-Syria border.

Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, confirmed the attack on Twitter, saying it occurred around 7:44 p.m. local time in Syria. No injuries were reported.

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Marotto later tweeted that U.S. forces responded by conducting "counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launching positions."

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The attack comes just one day after the U.S. carried out airstrikes on weapons storage facilities operated by the Iran-backed militia groups Kata'ib Hezbollah and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada. U.S. military officials believe that the storage facilities were being used for unmanned aerial vehicle attacks against American troops based in Iraq.

"At President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region," the Pentagon said in a statement Sunday.

“The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope. As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action pursuant to his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq," the Pentagon added.