Airstrikes hit a pro-Iranian convoy near the Iraqi border in Syria Syrian war news
Iranian state television has accused the United States of being behind the attacks, despite Washington’s denials.
Airstrikes struck eastern Syria along the Iraqi border, hitting Iranian-backed fighter jets and causing casualties, a Syrian war monitor said, Iranian state television and Iraqi paramilitary forces said.
The death toll has not been confirmed, but some of those killed in the attack late Tuesday were Iranian nationals, according to two Iraqi militia officers. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing killed at least 14 people, mostly militants.
In Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, the attacks hit a convoy of “fuel tankers and trucks loaded with weapons,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
It is still unclear who was behind the raid, but the US military carried it out similar attacks in the past.
However, the US military has so far denied any involvement. Army Maj. Rachel Jeffcoat said “no US forces or US-led coalition (members) conducted an airstrike in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim on the border with Syria.”
The convoy of 22 tanks was traveling from Iran to Lebanon, the official of the Iraqi border guard service said. After entering the Syrian territory through the Al-Qaim-Abu Kamal border crossing, ten trucks were hit, four of which were “completely burnt”.
Activists Deir Zor 24 reported three airstrikes targeting Iranian-backed militias in the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal and nearby areas. No casualties have been reported yet.
Earlier, members of Iraqi military groups operating in the area reported that at least 10 people were killed in an airstrike on a convoy transporting fuel across the Iraqi border to Syria late on Tuesday.
Iran’s state-run Press TV claims that the convoy was transporting Iranian oil through Syria to Lebanon, but did not provide details about the casualties. It also claimed that the convoy attack was carried out by US drones and helicopters, adding that the attack came after eight of the trucks had crossed into Syria.
Pro-Iranian militants have a large presence around the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Iran is a major backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sending thousands of fighters to aid Syrian government forces in the country’s 11-year war against the country’s opposition.
to the US Army in August carried out air strikes in Deir Ezzor, targeting Iranian-backed militants in a missile attack that left several American soldiers lightly injured. At least two militants described by US Central Command as “alleged militants” backed by Iran killed. The Pentagon announced that the strikes were a message to Iran.
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