June 2021 United States airstrike in Syria

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June 2021 United States airstrike in Syria
Part of the 2019–2021 Persian Gulf crisis and the American-led intervention in the Syrian civil war
Deir ez-Zor in Syria (+Golan hatched).svg
Location of Deir ez-Zor Governorate in Syria
TypeAir interdiction
Planned by United States
Commanded byJoe Biden
Target Kata'ib Hezbollah
Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada
Date28 June 2021 (2021-06-28) (local time, UTC+3)
Executed byUnited States Air Force
Casualties4-9 militiamen killed[1]
The airstrikes on Al Hury, Syria, 27 June 2021

On 28 June 2021, President Biden directed airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups close to the Syria-Iraq border.[2] F-15 and F-16 aircraft were used to launch the attack in what the U.S. described as a retaliatory attack against U.S. facilities and personnel in Iraq by militia groups.[3][4] Two operational and weapons storage facilities were targeted in Syria, the U.S. military revealed in a statement.[5] Despite the U.S. not disclosing the information regarding the casualties in the attack, the SOHR stated that at least nine Iran-backed Iraqi militia fighters died, leaving many others injured.[6] Iraqi militia groups aligned with Iran in a statement named four members of the Kataib Sayyed al-Shuhada faction they said were killed in the attack on the Syria-Iraq border.


Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi condemned the air attack as a "blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty and Iraqi national security".[7] Meanwhile, Syrian state media (SANA) reported that an air missile attack after midnight on residential houses in the countryside of Abu Kamal, presumably by American warplanes, killed a child and injured three civilians.[8]


Hours later, U.S. forces in Syria came under fire, following the U.S. strikes on the Syria-Iraqi border.[9] Pro-Iranian militias fired rockets at the American base at Al-Omar Oilfield in Syria in response to U.S. airstrikes.[10] The U.S. coalition responded by firing heavy artillery on Iranian-backed Militias Positions around Al-Mayadin.[11][12] There were no injuries sustained during the attack, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, Col. Wayne Marotto disclosed.[13][14]

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  1. ^ "US strikes at Iraqi-Syrian borders – Seven members of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed and military post destroyed in US air attack on Iranian militia". 28 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Biden orders U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria". Axios. 28 June 2021.
  3. ^ "US airstrikes target Iran-backed militias in Syria, Iraq". AP NEWS. 27 June 2021.
  4. ^ "U.S. warplanes strike Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria". Reuters. 27 June 2021.
  5. ^ "US carries out air raids on Iran-backed militias in Syria, Iraq". Al Jazeera. 28 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Death toll update Nine militiamen of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces killed in US airstrikes near Syria-Iraq border". The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. 28 June 2021.
  7. ^ "US raids slammed as 'blatant violation' of Iraq's sovereignty". Al Jazeera. 28 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Aerial aggression believed to be American on border area with Iraq in Deir Ezzor countryside". SANA. 28 June 2021.
  9. ^ "U.S. troops come under fire in Syria after strikes against Iran-backed militias". Reuters. 28 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Reacting to US strikes on Iranian positions Iranian-backed militias shell US military base in Deir Ezzor, causing material damage". The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. 28 June 2021.
  11. ^ "US forces in Syria attacked after air raids on armed groups". www.aljazeera.com.
  12. ^ "US Troops Come Under Fire in Syria after Strikes Against Pro-Iran Militias". Asharq AL-awsat.
  13. ^ Choi, Joseph (28 June 2021). "US troops come under fire in Syria after weekend airstrikes". TheHill.
  14. ^ "U.S. troops come under fire in Syria day after airstrikes targeted militias". The Week.