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US-led coalition says rocket attack hits base in northeast Syria

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says one of its bases in northeast Syria came under fire today from Iran-backed groups, the latest in a string of attacks.

The development comes one day after coalition forces say they foiled a rocket attack on the same base, located in a part of Syria under the control of Kurdish forces.

“Coalition forces were targeted this morning by eight rounds of indirect fire at Green Village” base, a statement says.

“The attack did not cause any casualties, but several rounds impacted inside the coalition base and caused minor damage.”

The coalition said it responded by firing six rounds of artillery towards the source of the attack, outside the eastern town of Al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province.

It blames “Iran-supported malign actors” operating from “civilian infrastructure.”

“Our coalition continues to see threats against our forces in Iraq and Syria by militia groups that are backed by Iran,” coalition chief Maj. Gen. John W. Brennan, Jr. is quoted as saying.

“The coalition reserves the right to defend itself and partner forces against any threat.”

The attacks targeting US installations come as Tehran and its allies across the Middle East are holding emotional commemorations marking the second anniversary on Monday of the assassination of Iranian commander General Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport.

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