Atlanta, United States (CNN)– US military advisers and their Syrian allies were targeted, on Wednesday morning, by eight batches of indirect fire on their base known as the “Green Village” in eastern Syria by Iranian-backed factions, according to a statement issued by the US-led coalition. United.
There were no casualties, but several shells landed on the base, causing minor damage, according to the statement.
Coalition forces responded by firing six artillery shells at the original points of attack. “These indiscriminate and indiscriminate attacks by indirect fire pose a serious threat to innocent civilians due to their lack of distinction,” said Major General John W. Brennan, Jr., Commander, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.
This latest incident comes a day after the US military carried out strikes in Syria, following indirect fire that a US-led coalition official described as an “imminent threat” to forces near the green village.
“The coalition reserves the right to defend itself and partner forces against any threat, and will continue to do everything in its power to protect those forces,” said Maj. Gen. John W. Brennan, Jr., commander of the Combined Joint Task Force.
“Our coalition continues to see threats against our forces in Iraq and Syria from Iranian-backed militia groups. These attacks are a dangerous distraction from our coalition’s joint mission to advise, assist and enable partner forces to sustain the enduring defeat of ISIS.”
Several attacks have been carried out in Syria and Iraq this week by militias suspected of being backed by Iran.
The US was concerned that militias, as well as official Iranian forces, might escalate their attacks on the January third anniversary of the US killing of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force. But behind the scenes, U.S. officials are also monitoring some very preliminary information that Iran is in another cycle of incremental planning for a type of broader attack in the region, according to a U.S. official.