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US Airstrikes Target Iranian-Backed Groups in Eastern Syria

  • Garrison housing US forces came under aerial attack on Aug. 15
  • Strikes come as US reassures allies during Iran nuclear talks

US forces carried out airstrikes in Syria against groups tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, US Central Command said, a move that comes as Washington and Tehran weigh a new nuclear agreement.  

The strikes at Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria were “intended to defend and protect US forces from attacks like the ones on Aug. 15 against US personnel by Iran-backed groups,” Colonel Joe Buccino, a spokesman for Centcom, said in a statement sent late Tuesday.