U.S. contractor killed, troops wounded by Iran-linked drone in Syria

Xavier Roger


Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with reporters after a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the Pentagon, Monday, May 23, 2022, in Washington.

An American contractor was killed and five U.S. troops and a second U.S. contractor were wounded when a suspected Iran-linked drone attacked a coalition military base in northeast Syria late Thursday, the Pentagon said in a statement. 

The Pentagon said it responded to the attack by launching retaliatory airstrikes on facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“As President Biden has made clear, we will take all necessary measures to defend our people and will always respond at a time and place of our choosing. No group will strike our troops with impunity,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a separate statement. He said the airstrikes were conducted in response to Thursday’s attack as well as a series of recent attacks that have targeted coalition forces in Syria. 


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