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Drone Strike Hit Iranian-Backed Forces In Syria’s Deir Ezzor: Monitoring Group

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Drone Strike Hit Iranian-Backed Forces In Syria’s Deir Ezzor: Monitoring Group

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Late on September 30, a drone strike hit a position of Iranian-backed forces in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

“According to information obtained by the activists of the Syrian Observatory, the drone flew over the area at sunset today and targeted, with at least two missiles, the al-Kutf area near the town of al-Bukamal,” the London-based monitoring group said in a report.

The SOHR added that Iranian-backed forces deployed around al-Bukamal targeted the unidentified drone with heavy machine guns. Nevertheless, it was not hit.

Syrian pro-government sources didn’t report any strike on al-Bukamal. Neither Iraqi sources. This raise some serious questions about the SOHR’s claims. The monitoring group made several false reports about strikes on Iranian-backed forces in eastern Syria in the past.

If confirmed, this would be the second attack to target Iranian-backed forces near the Syrian-Iraqi border this month. On September 14, a series of strikes targeted several trucks of the Popular Mobilization Units on the Iraqi side of the border.

The alleged drone strike may have been carried out by the US in response to a rocket attack that targeted one of its bases in northeastern Syria in the morning.

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