US drone strikes truck belonging to pro-Iran militia in Syria

US drone attack targets truck for an Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria, officials in the militia claim.

Elad Benari ,

Military drone
Military drone

A US drone attack targeted a truck for an Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria on Sunday, destroying the vehicle without causing any casualties, two Iraqi militia officials said, according to The Associated Press.

The Iraqi militia officials refused to say what the truck was carrying. They said the US drone first fired a warning shot, after which the driver jumped out, and a missile hit the vehicle shortly afterward.

The officials said the truck belonged to Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, which is active along the Iraq-Syria border.

There was no immediate comment from the US military.

The report comes amid ongoing tensions in the region between the US military and Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria.

Rocket attacks have regularly targeted Iraqi bases as well as the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, where the US embassy is located, since the US elimination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last January.

The tensions have flared up recently, however. In late June, the US launched air strikes against three targets it said were used by pro-Iran groups in eastern Syria and western Iraq.

A day later, pro-Iranian militias fired several shells at a US base in eastern Syria's Al-Omar oil field, causing damage but no casualties.

Subsequently, a drone was intercepted and shot down near the US embassy in Baghdad. Sources said the drone failed to reach the embassy compound. There were no injuries.

Then, an explosive-laden drone attacked Erbil airport in northern Iraq. The drone reportedly targeted the US base on the airport grounds. A day later, two rockets were fired at the US embassy inside Baghdad's Green Zone.