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Pentagon claims U.S. sending message to Iran with counterattacks in Syria

In this file photo taken on March 25, 2022, a U.S. Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) fires an AGM-114 Hellfire during a heavy-weaponry military exercise in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images, File
In this file photo taken on March 25, 2022, a U.S. Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) fires an AGM-114 Hellfire during a heavy-weaponry military exercise in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images, File

The United States said Wednesday that although it “does not seek conflict with Iran,” it will continue to “defend” its troops against Tehran-backed militias in Syria.

Three U.S. service members were injured in separate rocket attacks on two facilities housing American troops in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, prompting U.S. forces to respond, according to a statement from the U.S. military’s Central Command.

Beginning at approximately 7:20 p.m. local time, several rockets landed inside the perimeter of Mission Support Site Conoco. Shortly after, more rockets landed in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village. Both sites are located near large oil and gas fields in northeastern Syria. One service member at Mission Support Site Conoco was treated for a minor injury and returned to duty, while two others were under evaluation for minor injuries, CENTCOM said.

Speaking with ABC News, a U.S. official characterized the injuries as “very minor.”

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