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US-led coalition strikes Iranian military sites in Syria

The U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition struck military sites in eastern Syria belonging to the Iranian army early Thursday.

The move came after two American service members and a British national were killed in a rocket attack Wednesday on an Iraqi base.

The coalition struck three sites belonging to Iran in Syria, according to sources in Deir ez-Zur city.

The Imam Ali military base, located close to the eastern Syrian town of Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border, and military points in industrial regions and the al-Hizam area were targeted in coalition air strikes, sources said.

A total of 25 terrorists affiliated with the Iran-backed foreign groups, including two so-called top military commanders, were neutralized and tens of others were injured, they added.

Gen. Wisam al-Tufayli, a so-called top commander of the Iraqi Haidariyyoun group, and Gen. Ali Zahbander, a so-called top commender of the Zainabiyoun Brigade, were among the fatalities, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed that three coalition personnel were killed in the rocket attack on the Iraqi base.

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It said at least 12 personnel were wounded in the attack on Camp Taji.

The U.S. media blamed the attack on Iranian-backed groups in the country.

Deir ez-Zur, located on the Syrian-Iraq border, provides a land connection from Iran to Lebanon. Pipelines from Iraq and Jordan as well as trade routes pass through the city.

West of Deir ez-Zur has been controlled since November 2017 by Iranian-based groups and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime.

The east of Deir ez-Zur is under occupation by the U.S.-backed terrorist group of YPG/PKK.

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