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U.S. Troops Injured from Rockets Fired by Suspected Iran-Backed Militants in Syria

Troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Special Operations and the US-led anti-jihadist coalition, take part in heavy-weaponry military exercises in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria, on March 25, 2022. (Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images)
Troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Special Operations and the US-led anti-jihadist coalition, take part in heavy-weaponry military exercises in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria, on March 25, 2022. (Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images)

Three U.S. troops sustained minor injuries on Wednesday evening after suspected Iran-backed militants launched rockets at two bases in Syria, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said. 

Rocket fire struck around 7:20 p.m. inside the perimeter of Green Village and Conoco, where U.S. troops are based in eastern Syria. One U.S. service member at Conoco sustained a minor injury, while two others are under evaluation for minor injuries. 

U.S. Apache helicopters responded by destroying three vehicles and equipment used to launch the rockets, killing two or three militants, according to CENTCOM. 

“We are closely monitoring the situation,” CENTCOM Commander Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla said Wednesday. “We have a total spectrum of capability to mitigate threats across the region, and we have every confidence in our ability to protect our troops and Coalition partners from attacks.” 

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