Iraqi Shiite militia claims responsibility for rocket attack on U.S. base in Syria

BAGHDAD, Nov. 4– An Iraqi Shiite militia claimed on Saturday responsibility for a rocket attack on a U.S. military base in northeastern Syria. The militant group has previously claimed to have launched rocket and drone attacks on military bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria. The incident marks the 20th recorded attack on U.S. bases in Syria since Oct. 19,…

BAGHDAD, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — An Iraqi Shiite militia claimed on Saturday responsibility for a rocket attack on a U.S. military base in northeastern Syria.

An armed group calling itself the “Islamic Resistance in Iraq,” which is an umbrella body for Iranian-backed Iraqi militias, claimed in an online statement that its fighters had fired rockets in the morning on the al-Shaddadi military base in northeastern Syria and the rockets hit their targets, without giving further details.

The militant group has previously claimed to have launched rocket and drone attacks on military bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria.

Meanwhile, the Britain-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed at least one rocket had hit a U.S. base in the al-Shaddadi area in the countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate in the morning.

While casualties haven’t been reported yet, the attacks are believed to be part of a series of retaliatory measures against the U.S. forces amid ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip, said the observatory.

The incident marks the 20th recorded attack on U.S. bases in Syria since Oct. 19, according to the observatory. Enditem