Escalating Tensions in the Middle East: 16 Attacks on US Bases in Iraq and Syria”

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The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced that a total of 16 attacks were carried out against US and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria between October 17-26. Pentagon press spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder evaluated the developments in the Middle East at the daily press conference.

Asked about attacks on US and coalition forces, Ryder said, “I can tell you that between October 17-26, US and coalition forces were attacked with unidirectional attack drones and rockets at least 12 times in Iraq and 4 separate times in Syria.” Ryder stated that they will continue to revise these figures as new information comes and said, “I will not give detailed information about the groups that claimed responsibility for the attacks, other than saying that we know that these groups are linked to Iran.”

900 US Soldiers Are Being Deployed To The Middle East

The Pentagon spokesman also announced at the meeting that they would send 900 soldiers and additional air defense systems to the region in order to prevent conflicts in the Middle East from spreading to a wider area. I can confirm that approximately 900 troops have deployed or are in the process of deploying to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility since our initial force posture announcement,” Ryder said.

Ryder noted that, along with the units to be deployed in the region, there will also be Regional High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) batteries, Patriot and Avenger batteries and related air defense system elements, and said that these aim to support regional deterrence efforts. Ryder also stated that the US plans to provide Israel with two US Iron Dome systems in its inventory in order to “further strengthen its air defense capabilities”, and noted that he would not provide information about the shipment or delivery date due to operational security.

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