Conflict in the Middle East is growing.
Since mid-October, US forces in the Middle East have come under attack over 20 times.
Most of these attacks have been “unsuccessful.”
U.S. and coalition forces in the Middle East have come under attack 23 times since mid-October, a senior defense official said Monday.
Between Oct. 17-30, American troops were attacked with rockets and drones 14 times in Iraq and nine times in Syria, the official told reporters.
Most of the attacks were “unsuccessful” as they were “successfully disrupted by our military,” the official noted.
U.S. officials believe Iranian-backed militants are behind the assaults.
Early Tuesday morning US forces were attacked again.
U.S. forces in western Iraq were targeted in another drone attack early Tuesday morning, according to a report, marking the latest in a string of assaults on American troops in the Middle East as the Israel-Hamas war continues.
Two armed drones were used against Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase, Reuters reported, citing a security source and a government source. The base hosts international troops that assist Iraq in defeating a terror group called the Daesh, or the Islamic State. No casualties or damage were reported.
Tuesday’s attack would make the 25th on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria since Oct. 17. The attacks have included a mix of one-way drones and rockets, resulting in the death of an American contractor and 24 injured troops, according to U.S. defense officials.
The attacks have increased in recent weeks as President Biden and other senior leaders continue to express support for Israel and its right to defend itself after one of the worst terror attacks in decades left more than 1,400 people dead, including 34 Americans.