The Pentagon has recently confirmed that American troops in Iraq and Syria have been targeted in a total of 56 attacks since October 17. Among these attacks, 59 U.S. personnel have suffered injuries, with some experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) while others sustained non-serious injuries.
Providing an update to reporters, Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh revealed that out of the 59 injured personnel, 32 were categorized as non-serious injuries, while the remaining 27 individuals suffered from TBI.
U.S. defense officials informed a news source that these attacks have been carried out by Iranian-proxy forces, suggesting possible backing from Iran. One recent incident occurred when the Iranian-backed Houthi group shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone worth an estimated $30 million near the Yemeni Coast.
The drone was reportedly conducting surveillance operations in Yemen when it was attacked.
Despite this incident, the U.S. has refrained from responding, much to the outrage of the Houthis. Subsequently, the Houthi group threatened to take action against Israeli ships in the Red Sea.
When questioned about the lack of response, Singh clarified that the U.S. military always reserves the right to respond at a time and place of their choosing. She emphasized that the primary goal of the U.S. is to contain the conflict between Israel and Hamas within Gaza.
Singh further addressed concerns about the effectiveness of the U.S. deterrence measures, as the Houthis continue to launch missiles and threaten ships. She pointed out that the U.S. has previously taken action by engaging with Houthi-fired missiles aimed at Israel.
She also highlighted the robust presence of the U.S. military in the region, emphasizing that these efforts send a strong message of deterrence.
In summary, the Pentagon’s confirmation of repeated attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria raises concerns about the involvement of Iranian-backed groups. While the lack of U.S. response in certain incidents has been criticized, the focus remains on containing the conflict and maintaining deterrence measures.