Baghdad (AP) —A US drone strike targeted an Iran-backed militia truck in eastern Syria on Sunday, destroying vehicles without casualties, two Iraqi militias said.
The attack has taken place in recent weeks as tensions in the region between US troops and Iran-backed Iraqi militias have increased. Americans are targeting militants who used drones and rockets to attack bases containing US troops.
Iraqi militia officials refused to say what the truck was carrying. They said the US drone first fired a warning shot, then the driver jumped out, and the missile hit the vehicle shortly thereafter. They said the truck belonged to Katyve Said al-Shhada, who operates along the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Officials were not allowed to speak to the media, so they spoke on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate comment from the US military.
Syrian state television reported the attack saying it was carried out by an American drone. The truck was carrying food and there was no human loss.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war watchdog, said the truck was carrying weapons and ammunition for Iraqi militias and was attacked shortly after crossing the border from Iraq. It claimed that the driver was killed.
Near the Iraqi-Syrian border, on June 27, the Pentagon said the U.S. Air Force plane was used by a group of Iran-backed militias to support a drone attack in Iraq. Conducted an air strike at. Four militias were killed.
A few days later, the commander of Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada vowed to retaliate, and since then several rocket attacks have been reported on bases containing US troops in Syria and Iraq.
Hundreds of US troops have been deployed in eastern Syria as part of the war with Islamic State groups. Thousands of Iranian-backed fighters have been deployed in various parts of Syria to support President Bashar Assad’s army in a decade of conflict that killed 500,000 people.