Oct 24, 2021 06:38 UTC
  • Analyst: Damage to US base in Syria's al-Tanf significant but 'hushed up'

A prominent US analyst says damage from a recent attack on a controversial US military base on the Syria-Iraq border is significant, but Washington is keeping it under wraps in order to avoid an escalation.

In a post on his twitter account, Charles Lister, a senior fellow and Director of the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at West Asia Institute in Washington, released images of the aftermath of drone and rocket strikes at al-Tanf garrison in Syria’s Homs Province.

“Judging from leaked images, the [#Iran] drone & rocket attack on al-Tanf in SE #Syria (home to US troops) on Weds night was quite significant,” he said, baselessly accusing Iran of involvement. 

“DOD confirmed the attack, but has provided no other info -- clearly being hushed up, to avoid hype/escalation,” he added, referring to the US Department of Defense.

On Wednesday, the al-Tanf base came under a coordinated attack, involving unknown drones and rockets, but American officials said there were no injuries or deaths.

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the incident in a statement, describing it as "a deliberate and coordinated attack.”

"All US personnel have been accounted for," the statement read. "We maintain the inherent right of self-defense and will respond at a time and place of our choosing.”

US and coalition forces are based in al-Tanf to train anti-Damascus terrorists.

The military base lies close to an intersection between Syria’s, Jordan’s and Iraq’s borders.