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Iran-backed militias in Iraq claim responsibility for attack on US military base in Syria

Iran-backed militias in Iraq have claimed they were responsible for an attack on U.S. forces at a strategic base in southeastern Syria.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iranian-backed militias, said Monday that their forces used two drones to attack the al-Tanf garrison near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders, a sensitive location often used by Iranian-backed militants to transport weapons to Hezbollah.

Monday’s attack comes after a string of similar attacks on bases housing U.S. military in Iraq and Syria over the past week. In one, the same group attacked two bases in Iraq with drones, causing minor injuries among U.S. forces.

The U.S. military has maintained a presence at the al-Tanf garrison since training forces as part of a campaign against the Islamic State group. The U.S. currently has about 900 U.S. troops in Syria.

The attacks in Iraq and Syria come as the United States has sought to contain a war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The war, in its 17th day as of Monday, is the deadliest both sides have seen in Israel’s 75-year history as a country. 

Fox News’ Liz Friden, Sarah Rumpf-Whitten and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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