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U.S. targets in Iraq and Syria were attacked at least 10 times since Thursday

There have been at least 38 attacks against bases with U.S. personnel since Oct. 17. Three defense officials say most of the weekend attacks came via one-way drones and rockets.
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Bases in Iraq and Syria with U.S. personnel have been attacked at least 10 times since Thursday, bringing the total number of attempted attacks on U.S. targets in the region since Oct. 17 to 38, according to three U.S. defense officials.

An aerial view of Ain al-Asad air base.
Ain al-Asad air base in the western Anbar desert, Iraq in 2019Nasser Nasser / AP file

The officials said most of the attacks have come via one-way drones and rockets, and none of them resulted in any new U.S. casualties or damage to infrastructure.

Most of the newest attacks took place on Sunday and Monday, according to U.S. officials.

At least 19 of the 38 attacks against U.S. targets occurred after the U.S. launched retaliatory strikes on two Iranian-linked targets in Syria on Oct. 26.

Before they retaliated, U.S. and coalition forces had been attacked repeatedly in Iraq and Syria, according to defense officials.

The U.S. defines attacks as attempted strikes on U.S. facilities. Not all attempts actually reach the U.S. targets. 

Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Defense Department press secretary, said on Oct. 24 that the groups conducting the attacks are supported by Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“We always reserve the right to defend ourselves, and we will never hesitate to take action when needed to protect our forces and our interests overseas,” he said.

U.S. defense officials said Monday that the attacks launched against U.S. targets prior to Thursday had injured at least 45 Americans. The number is twice as many as previously reported.

The U.S. military is monitoring approximately two dozen service members who may have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during the attacks, say defense officials. The remainder of those injured suffered minor injuries.