“But between October 7th and November 7th, or today, U.S. forces have been attacked at least 40 times to date, with 22 separate times in Iraq and 18 separate times in Syria. And that’s a mix of one-way attack drones and rockets.”
Dept. of Defense Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh summarizing the number of attacks on U.S. forces in the Middle East, after Hamas’ terror attack against Israel and the start of the war between Israel and the terrorist group.
Why It Matters: America has responded to the increase of force used against U.S. forces by deploying two aircraft carrier strike groups to the region, as well as a submarine and target two sites within Syria, described as positions of militant groups backed by Iran. The back-n-forth raises questions of a broadening conflict.
While the Pentagon reports “no serious injuries” of U.S. service members, one American contractor died due to a “cardiac event” during one of these attacks.
Another point of view: Republican Elise Stefanik (R-NY) says injuries have numbered more than 40 – Here’s her complete statement:
“These Iranian-backed rocket and drone attacks are intended to kill American forces and if the Biden Administration continues to allow them to strike US troops without repercussion, our men and women in uniform will be put in further danger. The Biden Administration’s current abysmal deterrence strategy is failing. Attacking US forces should be a costly red line that none of our adversaries are willing to cross. As the representative for Fort Drum and the 10th MTN Division, I am demanding that the Biden Administration pursue peace through strength, stand with Israel, and protect American forces.”
by Jenna Lee,