US military base in southern Syria attacked by drones

A military base in southern Syria where US troops have maintained a presence to train forces as part of a broad campaign against the Islamic State group was attacked by drones today, two US officials tell The Associated Press.

One drone was shot down, and another caused minor injuries, says one of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter before an official announcement about the incident.

The attacks follow similar drone strikes over the past few days against US and coalition bases in Iraq amid simmering anger in the region after an explosion at a Gaza hospital — which was blamed on Israel despite it most likely being caused by a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch — allegedly killed hundreds of people.

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