Militias fire rockets at US forces in Syria following airstrikes

American forces in Syria were attacked by multiple rockets Monday, officials said, following U.S. airstrikes targeting pro-Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq. 

No injuries were reported and the damage was still being assessed, said Army Col. Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. 

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In response, U.S. forces “acted in self-defense and conducted counter-battery artillery fire at rocket launching positions,” he said. 

The attack occurred just before 7:45 p.m. local time. No other information was provided. 

Pro-Iranian militias claim they fired the rockets at an American base in response to the airstrikes, The Jerusalem Post reported. 

The airstrikes targeted “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” near the border between Iraq and Syria.

“The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation — but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby. 

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Kirby said the U.S. military targeted three operational and weapons storage facilities — two in Syria and one in Iraq. In its release of videos of the strikes by Air Force F-15 and F-16 aircraft, the Pentagon described one target as a coordination center for the shipment and transfer of advanced conventional weapons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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