Rockets target US military base in Northern Syria
The United States military on Friday evening reported two rocket attacks targeting its patrol base in northeastern Syria, but said there were no injuries to its forces or damage to its property.
Two rockets were fired at the base in al-Shaddadi, Syria, at 10:31 p.m. local time, while a third unfired rocket was found at the rockets’ origin site, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.
“The attack resulted in no injuries or damage to the base of coalition property,” the statement said, without giving any information about the perpetrators of the rocket fire.
The attacks came as tensions flared up on the Syria-Turkey border with the Turkish military launching a wave of deadly air raids on Kurdish forces in both Syria and Iraq in retaliation for a bombing in Istanbul on November 13 that killed six and wounded 81.
Ankara blames the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) and the YPG (People’s Protection Units) forces for the attack, but they deny any involvement.
The US has been urging de-escalation saying the air strikes also threaten the US troops in Syria.
“Attacks of this kind place coalition forces and the civilian populace at risk and undermine the hard-earned stability and security of Syria and the region,” said Colonel Joe Buccino, a spokesman for CENTCOM.