US-Backed Kurdish Forces Report Six Fighters Killed in Drone Strike

The US-backed Kurdish-led forces reported that six of their fighters were killed in an explosive drone attack by Iran-backed armed groups from areas of Syria’s Deir al Zor under the control of the Syrian government. Farhad Shami, a spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), confirmed the attack on an SDF commando academy at a US base at Al-Omar oilfield, resulting in the death of six Commando fighters. The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed Iraqi armed groups, claimed responsibility for the attack, which they launched on February 4. Washington has blamed the group for a drone attack on a US outpost in Jordan earlier this month that killed three US forces. The US responded with strikes against Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria, resulting in the reported deaths of about 40 militants. Iranian proxy groups have been attacking Israeli and US sites across the region, with Lebanese Hezbollah targeting Israeli sites at the Lebanese-Israeli border, Iraqi militias firing on US forces in Iraq, Syria, and Jordan, and the Houthis attacking shipping in the Red Sea.