US military base targeted by missile strike in Syria, says CENTCOM

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Extremist forces carried out three rocket attacks on a US-controlled base in Syria on Sunday, but the ammunition did not hit US troops or equipment.

The US has yet to verify who was responsible for the attack, which targeted a base known as Green Village in northeastern Syria, according to CENTCOM. There have been several attacks on US forces in Syria in recent months, ranging from explosives carried by drones to infantry strikes.

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“Three 107mm rockets were aimed at the base. A fourth rocket along with rocket tubes was found at the launch site, about 5 kilometers away,” CENTCOM wrote in a statement. “US forces in northeast Syria are investigating the incident.”

The attack comes weeks after the US launched airstrikes against Iran-backed militants in the region.

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“We will respond appropriately and proportionately to attacks against our military,” General Michael Kurilla, CENTCOM commander, said in late August. “No group will attack our troops with impunity. We will take all necessary measures to defend our people.”

The airstrikes came after three US servicemen were injured in a rocket attack on another base.

In a similar incident, drones carrying explosives flew into a US base in southern Syria.

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However, US and allied forces at the al-Tanf compound suffered no injuries or damage from the attack. Troops stationed at the base shot down one of the drones before it could enter the compound. Another flew into a building and exploded, but caused no injuries.

The US garrison in al-Tanf regularly patrols with coalition forces against Islamic State militants.

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