on Saturday 10 February, 2024

US-led coalition halts attacks at oil field in Syria: Source

US troops take position as they patrol near an oil field in al-Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, June 14, 2023. (AFP)
by : Reuters

Air defense systems operated by US-led coalition troops based in eastern Syria halted six drone attacks targeting their base at the Conoco oil field on Saturday, a security source said.

The source did not tell Reuters if there were casualties.

Coalition troops and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who together fight remnants of ISIS, have faced increased attacks by Iran-backed groups in Syria and Iraq since Hamas’s attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

The head of the SDF, General Mazloum Abdi, told Reuters last week that the US should send additional air defense systems to Syria to protect their bases, after six SDF fighters were killed in one of the drone attacks.

Another drone attack blamed on Iran-backed groups on a border outpost in Jordan killed three US soldiers.